Planning Permission for Roof Terraces in London

There are an increasing number of people who are considering a roof conversion to create a terrace in their London properties. This means local councils are also becoming more experienced in dealing with planning permission for these conversions.

There are certain things you should include in your planning request to make it more likely that permission will be granted. These factors are explained in more detail.

Limited Overlooking of Neighbouring Properties

You should not be able to see much of neighboring properties from a roof terrace. This may mean you need a barrier around the edge of the terrace.

Limited Overshadowing of Neighbouring Properties

You do not want to block out light to surrounding properties so consider using decor such as frosted glass and wooden trellis.

Precedence of Similar Work in Locality and Surrounding Areas

If roof terraces have already been given planning permission in your locality, then your application is more likely to be accepted.

Does a Roof Terrace Add Value to My Home?

In some areas adding a roof terrace to your home can add as much as 12% to the value of your property.

Even if the value does not rise this much, it is still a strong selling point and can mean that you get a quicker sale.

What Should Be Considered When Designing a Roof Terrace?

The actual design of your roof terrace will depend to a large degree on your personal circumstances. If you have children, then you will need to think about higher barriers to keep your children safe. The same is likely to be true if you have pets.

The amount of time that you plan to spend on your terrace will help you to decide what finish you require. The more time you plan to spend there, the more durable you will want the finish to be.

You will also need to consider the impact the terrace will have on your neighbour’s privacy. It is recommended that you speak to them about any concerns they may have before the plans are submitted. This makes it less likely that they will raise any objections further down the line.

Roof Garden Benefits

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Increase Roof Membrane Life
  • Fire Retardation
  • Noise Reduction
  • Marketability
  • LEED Points
  • Tax Incentive