Does a garage conversion need planning permission?

Does a garage conversion need planning permission?

Client: Family

Location: Pentwortham, Preston 

What needed to be done: 

A family in Preston contacted Fairtech to draw up a design for a garage conversion to add an extra room with dual fucntionality to their seven year old bungalow.


What we did: 

Overseeing the planning permission process for the garage conversion, Fairtech provided design drawings that included the garage conversion layout and construction details.

Does a garage conversion need planning permission?

Planning permission or permitted development? 

A garage conversion is usually a straightforward project when it comes to planning application as they are typically allowed under permitted development. However, this particular case took a slightly different direction.

Following the process for planning, Fairtech led an application for lawful development but it soon became apparent that the application wasn’t going ahead as smoothly as anticipated. The permitted development rights for the property had been removed by a planning condition when the original bungalow build was completed in 2011. So, responsive as ever, the team at Fairtech quickly prepared a householder planning application preventing further delays to the build.

Potential parking problems

One of the potential problems with a garage conversion is the possibility of removing parking provision. As outlined by Preston City Council Parking Standards, dwellings with 2-3 bedrooms must have a minimum of two parking spaces per household.  In this case two spaces were available on the existing driveway, as evidenced in the Supplementary Planning Document, so the garage conversion could go ahead.

Garage conversion design and layout

At Fairtech, we’re always ready to offer support with the design of any building project, but in this instance the client already had a clear idea about the proposed floor layout of their garage conversion. A partition was used to create a utility space, leaving the main garage area to be used as a play room.

Externally, the front elevation required sympathetic design. The garage door was replaced with a window style to blend with existing, complete with matching stone cast head and cill detail, and the new brickwork was paired with the existing bricks. This attention to detail ensured a seamless and cohesive alteration to the bungalow.

The Fairtech finish

Although the garage conversion project was simple in nature, the planning drawing was fully detailed with construction detail ready for building regulation approval, saving time as the build progressed. And, a technical specification to accompany the building regulation submission was produced in-house using up-to-date information to ensure compliance with current building regulations.

Thanks to the work of Fairtech a growing family now have more space to enjoy their home with a flexible room that will change along with them.  

If you’re considering a garage conversion or have questions about planning permission speak to Matt at Fairtech on 0151 321 1986 for a no obligation chat about your next project. Visit our website to discover the range of time-saving and professional architectural and construction services available across Cheshire and Merseyside from Fairtech.