Changes to Permitted Development Rights from 30 May 2013 – from Paul Cromie

New legislation has come into effect today (30 May 2013) which extends permitted development rights for house extensions and changes of use.

House Extensions

Legislation has been introduced to temporarily increase the thresholds for single storey extensions which can be built under permitted development rights from 4 metres to 8 metres for a detached house and 3 metres to 6 metres for all other properties, for a period of 3 years. The 3 year period will run from 30 May 2013 until 30 May 2016.

These changes will be subject to a number of limitations and conditions, including requirements relating to the height of extensions and distances from boundaries.

If a householder wishes to build a larger single storey extension they will be required to notify the Council and provide details of what they are proposing to build, as the new size limits are subject to a neighbour consultation scheme.

There is no fee for this process.

Any extension constructed under these new provisions must be completed on or before 30 May 2016.

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Memories of the Navvy Houses

I was taken to live in the Navvy Houses with my mum and dad when I was about 7 years old. There were several terraced streets comprising of Great Street, Northern street, Railway Street and Oakley Street, they were built to accommodate the construction workers of the Great Northern Railway in the 1870s.

My first memories of the house were the small kitchen, the living room, two bedrooms and what I thought was an enormous attic with a window giving a good view over the quarry towards Mountain. I then saw the very scary cellar, little did I know that later it was to become a friend. This was in fact a small back to back terrace house with no piped hot water.

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Memories of a Mountain Village Near Queensbury

My very early memories of life in the small hill village of Mountain are indeed very limited. We lived at Pickering Hall farm and my grandma lived in the house next door. We seemed to have glorious long hot summers with a lot of time spent playing on the bowling green next to the farm.

Oh! The dark nights lit by our gas mantles glowing brightly from the ceiling, there was something very satisfying about the noise they made.

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