Permitted Development Rights (PDR) cover types of backland development, however, these are generally limited to uses that are incidental to the enjoyment of a dwelling; for example, home offices, gyms, additional living space and sheds.
Where uses are not incidental (for example, Granny Annexes), where PDR is not applicable or for commercial uses (for example hairdressers and dog grooming), planning permission is likely to be required. For more information on outbuildings associated with existing homes, please see here.
Finding land for new development, particularly single or self-build houses is not easy. Land with planning permission is often sold at a premium. Building a new backland development home can be one way of creating a new home, as well as helping to release equity and increase the value of the land.
In London, higher densities are often allowed or encouraged. In more suburban locations where there is pressure for new housing, it is more common to see building on back gardens or on backland sites, especially in predominantly residential areas where development may be looked on more favourably.
From the Case Studies listed on the page, it is clear that in some circumstances, it is possible to build a new home on backland sites, but careful consideration of the design, access, appearance and impact on neighbouring properties is crucial.
At Plande, we can advise on the potential of such plots as well as guide you through the process to give your application the best chance of success.