Loft Extension - Planning permission or joint freeholder consent - which comes first?

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    Loft Extension - Planning permission or joint freeholder consent - which comes first?

    Hello,

    My partner and I recently bought a first floor maisonette. We are leaseholders with a share of the freehold. The joint freeholders own the maisonette downstairs and rent it out. We would like to convert the loft into a bedroom and were wondering what to do first; mention our plans to the joint freeholders or get planning permission from the council? A structural engineer has already had a look at the space and is drawing up plans. Obviously, these are all theoretical at the moment. Should we wait for the structural engineer to present us with the plans then approach the joint freeholders with a clear idea of what we would like to do?

    Our lease describes our flat as 'the first floor maisonette (including the loft space)'. If the joint freeholders accept the plans, could they claim a share of the profit from any value increase to the property?

    Many thanks in advance.

    #2
    You get freeholder letter stating they will "consider" your proposal, ( ask freeholder FIRST - otherwise you are wasting money if they say no)
    Or they will say no due to the noise, mess, disurbance, cant park cos commercial vehicles are in their demised parking spaces, which is not allowed.

    Feeholders can ask anything they want for permision to alter, but usually 50% of the possible increase in value isasked for.

    Freeholder can use their own structural engineer to assess your plans, for which they will charge you, and can still say no after all your expences.

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      #3
      And don't forget that you'll probably need a party wall agreement and unless you own the ground around the property, and its owned by the downstairs property they do NOT have to allow you access to do the works either

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