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We live in Hertsmere and are planning to extend our

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Hello. We live in Hertsmere and are planning to extend our property to the side to build a granny annexe and convert a loft into habitable area. We had a council planner looking at our property and we were advised that the current proposal would not be recommended for approval by the planner on the visit, mainly due to dimensional reasons (such as height of the roof). Houses on our street vary greatly in shape, size and height and we do not believe our proposed alterations would impede on the character/design of the street. We have been advised by our builder that planners sometimes tend to express their own personal opinion on what would be approved, instead of what is actually allowed or not allowed by regulations.
We are finding it difficult to establish what the legal requirements are and what is down to planners' discretion: eg, the guidelines we found on Hertsmere Council website are very vaguely written, with the language being framed as "should not" rather than "shall not". As such, we believe that what has been mentioned by the planner has been down to his/her personal opinion rather than the actual regulations.
How do we establish what we can legally have and not have, or how do we find legal guidelines/specific rules which would clearly establish what is allowed in terms of residential development (particularly a side and rear extension and loft conversion) when the available council guide lines are so vague?
Thank you very much for your help.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 6 months ago.
Hello. I'll be happy to assist you.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
HI, thank you.

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