Thursday 24 April 2008 8.38am
The precedence rules don't mean anything unless it was done in the last few years (I think 4 or 5) and it was done with planning permission. We submitted our planning application based on what you said (i.e. other people have done it) and it makes no difference - most of them were done years ago (before the current planning guildelines were in place) and most had been done without permission!
From what I know, you'd never be able to do a 2 story extension to the side (i.e. a double storey on the side return) as it would block out the light to your neighbours.
In terms of 2 storey extension to the back of the house - you can't ever extend beyond the existing house footprint. In theory if you have single storey extension already (most houses have the bathroom here) you can extend on top of it. However, in practice, you can only do this if the people next to you have already done this. If they haven't the planners will reject it as the new 2nd floor extension will block the light to the neighbours upstairs window (this is what ours was refused on).
Also, if you do get permission, this is major building work that has to be done under building regulations - we were looking at around £150k to do this sort of work (2nd floor extension and extend to the side return).
When are you moving in to Alma Grove
and which number is the house? You're more than welcome to come over for a chat and I can point out the planning issues to you.