FAQs Loft Conversions

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Do I Need Planning Permission to Convert My Loft?

Not necessarily, it may be possible to convert your Loft under Lawful* Development, provided you meet the criteria set out in the Government Legislation introduced in October 2008.

For you property to qualify it must be a house**, it must NOT be in a conservation area and if it is a leasehold property, you must have held the lease for at least 7 years.

When converting your Loft under Lawful development you must match the existing materials of the property and must build within the volume quota relevant to the type of property in which you live:

Terraced=40m3
Semi-detached=50m3
Detached =50m3

*This is also known as Permitted Development, they are the same thing.
**Flats do not qualify, regardless of whether they are purpose built or converted.

If I Own My Property Leasehold, Do I Need the Freeholders Permission?
Yes, you will need written Permission from your Freeholder in order to convert your Loft.

Can I See a Completed Conversion?
Yes, we actively encourage you to view a Conversion undertaken by MTA LC Ltd in your area.

Do I Need to Arrange Local Authority Permissions?
No, MTA LC Ltd will arrange all Local Authority Permissions. This includes drawing all the plans, making the Application and liaising with Council on your behalf to ensure the Application is successful.

How long does it take to draw up the plans for my loft conversion?
It takes approximately 2-4 weeks to conduct the survey, draw up the plans and get them registered with the local authority.

How long does it take to get permission for my loft conversion?
It takes approximately 8 weeks for the Council to decided your Application; this is the same for Planning Permission and Lawful Development.

Do I need to apply for building regulations when i convert my loft?
Yes, it is necessary to apply for Building Regulations when converting your Loft, but MTA LC Ltd will handle this on your behalf.

How quickly can work commence?
Typically, within 2-4 weeks of all permissions being obtained.

How much mess and disruption will there be?
During the first four weeks, the builders normally enter through the roof and then access the house during the final stages. This keeps disruption to a minimum.

All materials are brought in externally through the roof.

Who supervises the work?
Your foreman will be on site at all times to supervise the work, with support from your Project Manager and the site consultants who usually visits 2-3 times a week.

How long will my conversion take?
Construction work is usually completed within 6-8 weeks depending of course on size, style and specification of the conversion.

Can you guarantee the quality of the work?
We cover the work with a 10 Year Guarantee after Completion.

FAQs House Extensions

Do I need planning permission to build my home extension?
Not necessarily, it may be possible to build you Extension under Lawful* Development, provided you meet the criteria set out in the Government Legislation introduced in October 2008.

For you property to qualify it must be a house**, it must NOT be in a conservation area*** and if it is a leasehold property, you must have held the lease for at least 7 years.

The Lawful Development regulations surrounding ground and first floor extension are quite complex and tend to be very specific to your property, for this reason they are best explained on an individual consultation basis, please give us a call to arrange this.

*This is also known as Permitted Development, they are the same thing.
**Flats do not qualify, regardless of whether they are purpose built or converted.
***Some London boroughs do allow ground storey extensions under Lawful Development in conservation areas.

If I own My Property Leasehold, Do I Need the Freeholder’s Permission?
Yes, you will need written permission from your Freeholder in order to Extend your property.

Can I see a Completed House Extension?
Yes, we actively encourage you to view a Home Extension undertaken by MTA London Construction Ltd in your area.

Do I need to Arrange Local Authority Permissions?
No, MTA LC Ltd will arrange all Local Authority permissions. This includes drawing all the plans, making the Application and liaising with council on your behalf to ensure the Application is successful.

How Long Does it take to Draw Up the Plans for my Extension?
It takes approximately 2-4 weeks to conduct the survey, draw up the plans and get them registered with the local authority.

How Long Does it take to Get Permission for my Home Extension?
It takes approximately 8 weeks for the Council to decided your Application; this is the same for Planning Permission and Lawful Development.

Do I need to Apply for Building Regulations for my House Extension Project?
Yes, it is necessary to apply for Building Regulations when extending your property, but MTA LC Ltd will handle this on your behalf.

How Quickly can Work Commence?
Typically, within 2-4 weeks of all permissions being obtained.

Who Supervises the Work?
Your foreman will be on site at all times to supervise the work, with support from your Project Manager and the site consultants who usually visits 2-3 times a week.

How Long Will My Extension Take?
Construction work is usually completed within 7-10 weeks depending of course on size, style and specification of the extension.

Can You Guarantee the Quality of the Work?
We cover the work with a 10 Year Guarantee after Completion.

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