Hi all, our property is set back in 3 acres in greenbelt and is almost 100m from any neighbouring properties. We are looking to fully convert and expand the loft area, by increasing the size of the 1st floor, which in turn will then "unlock" the loft (at present the loft isn't worth converting, due to lack of useable head height).
Our predecessors secured planning for a front extension which we have never liked the idea of and do not wish to activate - this planning went through as part of other planning, which has been actioned, so is secured in perpetuity.
So before you factor in the loft there is a +9.333m discrepancy between the planning the previous owners' secured, and building above the kitchen (the part which would then unlock the loft space properly).
To my questions:
first we'd need to get the council to agree to the +9.33m increase in "exchange" for the old planning secured
second....how do we play it with the loft? Do we simply apply for the planning for the space above the kitchen, say the loft is going to be for storage (show windows on the drawings, or not?), then quietly convert it/stick a bathroom etc up there after it's all been signed off? Or just apply straight with the space shown, the windows shown, etc etc
The council will struggle with objections about "openness of the green belt" and "disproportionate increases in size" because we are not increasing the dimensions of the footprint, nor the height of the structure. Throw in the 100m gap between us and other properties and that isn't the concern. We can probably even make a solid case that the structure looks bizarre currently, and we are improving it aesthetically.
To our layman's eye the main refusal point would be on straight floor area increase: the house has already up to a c. 65% increase.
The house currently is 258.55sqm
+ First floor extension above the kitchen = 35.55sqm
+ Proposed 2nd floor/loft area = 85.00sqm
258.55 + 35.55 + 85.00 = 379.1sqm (4080 sqft)
However the loft has never been included in any floor plans, or footprints, or anything else. It's essentially new, unused, original 1913 space.
Any advice on how best to play this very much appreciated!!
Planning on putting in a pre app asap.