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I live in a conservation area in London SE19. My 1970s house

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I live in a conservation area in London SE19. My 1970s house has a detached garage of double brick construction approx 1m from the main dwelling and I wish to convert it to residential use, (make my existing kitchen bigger) and joinng it to the house. (At the moment there is a side access to my garden which would be built over)
The flank wall of the existing garage structure is on the boundary line, and has been there I assume from the time the house was built. Would I be allowed development to the boundary as there is an existing structure or is there a law now that would prohibit me from doing this
Many thanks
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
1. Yes, you would be allowed to develop to the boundary as this is the existing line of the building that is there. Essentially, in law, you are allowed to develop to the midpoint line of the boundary of your property. As there is an existing structure already on the boundary line, planning already exists for a structure of this cubed area. So, it is only for any increase in volume which you wish to create that further planning permission is needed, as well as for the change of use - from garage to residential. So, under existing planning law, the precedent exists to allow you planning permission up to the line of the boundary.
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your reply. When you refer to volume is that the volume of the "living space" created, and is the space between the ceiling and roof calculated in the volume. This will effect if my plans are to be drawn with flat or pitched roof
Expert:  Buachaill replied 2 years ago.
3. Yes, when I refer to the volume, I refer to the overall space of the building, not just the living space created. There will be little overall difference whether you chose a flat roof or a pitched roof, as the effect on overall volume is minimal. The planning department aren't so worried about what style the roof is in so long as what you build is harmonious and looks neat and architecturally correct when viewed from different angles.