Can My Neighbour Build An Extension
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Many home owners want to know: can my neighbour build an extension up to my boundary? We look at how close to a boundary an extension can be built.
Can My Neighbour Build An Extension Up To My Boundary?
There are several reasons you might want to extend your property, such as adding value, light, or even just more space.
An extension to your home is usually classed as ‘Permitted Development’. There are many factors you must consider before building an extension to your property. It will help you a lot in the long run if you spend a fair amount of time planning the development and thinking about these potential factors.
How Close To A Boundary Can An Extension Be Built?
Those planning on building an extension of more than one story cannot go beyond the boundary at the rear by more than three meters. This only applies when there is no other property on the land to the rear of your home.
The side boundaries can be built up, but there are many factors to consider. You can't breach the boundary in plan and elevation, factoring in the 45-degree rules that most planning officers use.
With this information, they take the closest window to your build on your neighbour’s property and if it breaches an established ‘imaginary line’, then planning permission will likely be denied.
A neighbour of yours can submit a householder planning application that voices any of their concerns during your planning process.
It is always worth speaking with your neighbours, especially when boundaries are involved, to discuss your ideas and potential compromise.
If you allow them to see your proposed plans, talk to them about heights from your build, and if they notice a problem, it can be rectified before any work taking place, speeding up the whole process.
It helps to communicate with your neighbour on a more civil level first before posting any party wall agreements through their letterbox.
As a general rule, a build that reaches 7.2 feet is considered acceptable, and anything over that, we would recommend speaking to your neighbour(s).
What is a Boundary?
There are two types of boundaries in total. In both Welsh and English property law, there are physical boundaries and legal boundaries. The physical is much easier to determine as it is a barrier or an object that separates the property from another. This is often a fence, hedge, or wall.
The legal boundary is a line on the property plan or description of the area that divides one property or land from another. This boundary can become complicated and often leads to many issues when it comes to building extensions.
Can My Neighbour Build Up To The Boundary Line?
In most cases, a neighbour only has the right to build up to the boundary line between the two houses, but there are certain circumstances when they can legitimately build on your land.
Do you want to find out more about boundaries and party wall agreements in Hounslow, Twickenham, Richmond, Kingston Upon Thames or Teddington? We offer advice on party wall agreements throughout London and the surrounding areas.
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