Loft conversion

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Nigel 206

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Post Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:08 pm

Loft conversion

I'm considering making an offer on a bungalow that has had virtually the entire loft
space converted into 2 rooms. Access is via a nice open-treaded wooden staircase from the kitchen,onto a landing,both rooms have doors and radiators,and have 'velux' type fully-opening windows that one could climb through onto the roof.

There appears to be no reference to this conversion re.planning or building regs etc. in the house documentation.

At first glance, would the conversion as described need planning permission? Secondly, if each room
has an escape-type window fitted that leads to a single-storey roof,would this satisfy building regs?

Nigel
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AlanE

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Post Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:28 pm

Re: Loft conversion

May, or may not, require planning permission but it most certainly would require Building Regulation approval particually with regard to fire escape apart from the fact the main structure may have been compromised because of the extra loading.

Are these rooms described as 'habital'?
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Nigel 206

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Joined: Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:02 am

Location: Kent, UK

Post Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:44 pm

Re: Loft conversion

AlanE,
That was the glaring heads-up! They are not described as habitable by the estate agent, nor suggested for any purpose at all.
Your 'extra loading' point is well taken,thanks.

Marc, the conversion looks fairly new,like a year or 3 at most, your points taken, thanks.



Seems best avoided, or silly offer time........

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