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    Do I need a planning permission for a 10-sqm built room?

    Dear All.

    I have purchased a small 10-sqm freehold small property, which was named as building on the auction website, it is situated in Croydon in Thornton Heath, but it is kind of a room or something. I am hoping that I can build a bedsit or studio flat which I can rent and get something out of it. I have not done this before and I do not know from where to start.

    The opposite property to this is a house and there are few other houses. It's a rear of Broughton Road.

    I have called Croydon council and they have asked me to login to the planning portal and come for a meeting and there is a fee of £750. Unfortunately, the planning permission website is hard to find the address even with the correct number used and postcode and I am not sure what to do.

    My main questions are:

    a). If I can use a 10-sqm building/room to build a studio flat or possibly a bedsit or a student-unit that I can rent as rents are quite good in this area.

    b). If anyone had the same kind of experience and may advice on what should I do please.

    c). If you guys know anyone that I can pay some fee who can help me obtain the planning consent and help with the paper-work.

    I welcome all helpful information and advice and if you need any information from my side before you can answer, please do not hesitate to ask.

    PS- I have only paid a deposit to auction company i.e. Barnard Marcus and either solicitors (mine and the seller) had not exchanged the paper work and keys yet.

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    Regards
    Luq

    #2
    Do you mean you have bought a plot of land that is ten square metres in area or a plot of land that is ten metres by ten metres?

    If it is ten square metres then that is not sufficient in size for a habitable building. That is it is too small.

    Or do you mean you have bought a section of a building. In which case, it's still too small for a habitable, self contained unit. Its not big enough for a garage.

    I drove past the road this morning funnily enough.
    There is always scope for misinterpretation.

    If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

    Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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      #3
      I think you may have bought a public toilet without noticing...

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        #4
        Hi,

        Thank you for your email. It is actually a small 10-sqm building (in my opinion it was previously either a garage or shed) which was converted into this small 10-sqm unit. It is a free hold property and it is rear of 73-Broughton Road.

        I am just hoping that i can possibly get a planning consent if i really need one and convert it into a small student-unit or bedsit or possibly a studio flat. I think, 10sqm is good enough space if I can build or may obtain a planning consent for a split level unit? The house that faces this unit is actually built on 2 levels too?

        I want to know, if i really need a planning consent?
        if someone could kindly recommend me a company which can act on my behalf to get me an appropriate planning consent if i really need one
        and If i can utilise this place for residential purposes?

        Good advice and help will be really appreciated.

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          #5
          Hi Matt, Thats definitely not a public toilet and had it been the case, it should have been written in the legal pack. But thanks for your valued comment. I highly appreciate that.

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            #6
            You would need Planning Consent to convert it into a residential unit.

            10 square metres is not large enough for a self contained residential unit so that consent would not be forthcoming. It's not large enough for a garage.

            If you wish to persue this then spend the £750 the council asked for on getting Professional advice from a local Surveyor or Architect that deal with residential properties. I can prepare and submit an application for around that if that was your instruction.

            Added to that, this wouldn't be a conversion. IF planning was granted, it would be easier to knock it down and start again rather than trying to adapt what was there to cmply with the Buidling Regulations.

            Personally, having looked at it on Google's satelite photos, you'd be better off making it weather tight, fitting a decent garage door and renting it as a garage. You may get £50 a month for a basic garage without utilities.
            There is always scope for misinterpretation.

            If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

            Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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              #7
              Hi,

              Since you seem very experienced in this area of practise, I would ask if there is a) or any) slim chance to get a residential small unit approval? If let's say that do not give the consent would i be able to use it as an office (as long as i do not make noises or disturb others) and if the above both options do not work, then do I still have to get the planning consent to change it to garage or just get a garage door installed?

              Thanks for your help so far.

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                #8
                I can't be any clearer that 10sqm is too small for a self contained residential unit. If it has been sold to you on the basis that it is large enough then you've been misled. Any building on the site would need to be at least three stories high, possibly four if the staircase takes up too much room. Given the close proximity of the other properties this is going to be difficult.

                Does the building have its own power and water supply? How has it been sold? What is the current Planning situation? How do you access the site? Are any of these questions answered in the sale particulars?

                I suspect that someone has [poorly] converted their garage into a home office and now decided to flog it off.

                Converting it back to and using it as a garage should incurr no Planning problems as it is likely to be classified as a garage.

                I hope you haven't paid too much for it.
                There is always scope for misinterpretation.

                If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

                Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by luqman View Post
                  Hi Matt, Thats definitely not a public toilet and had it been the case, it should have been written in the legal pack. But thanks for your valued comment. I highly appreciate that.
                  I was mainly making a joke - but looks like my humour isn't to everybody's taste

                  Good luck with your plans though. I hope you'll never have to even consider living in a 10sqm unit yourself.

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