Householder Extensions Supplementary Planning Guidance

About the Householder Extensions SPD:

All residential extensions and alterations can have a major impact upon our ever-changing townscape. Designed well, alterations and extensions can complement local character and help promote or reinforce a sense of local distinctiveness in the wider context, as well as providing precious additional living space. Designed badly, rather than complement and enhance the character of its surroundings, poor design would only detract from the quality of the local environment and could set a precedent that sees a wider degradation in the character and identity of a locality.

It is in the interests of both the mature suburbs and the emerging new neighbourhoods that a high standard of design is always delivered to help preserve, maintain and promote the quality of the built environment of South Gloucestershire.

The purpose of this SPD is that it will seek to further clarify and expand on the design guidance and policy requirements set out under policy PSP38 of the South Gloucestershire Local Plan: Policies, Sites and Places Plan (Adopted 2017). The design guidance contained within the SPD will also help underpin the Council’s policy on promoting local distinctiveness as set out within policy PSP1.

It may be considered that the scope of the SPD will have limitations, as ‘permitted development’ rights do exist which allow for extensions to be made to a house without the need for planning permission. However, while this SPD can only seek to influence development which requires planning permission, it is considered that for development permissible under the provisions of ‘permitted development’, the SPD represents “best practice” guidance to promote visual and residential amenity.

The SPD will also provide guidance as to how householder development can positively contribute to the Council’s climate change strategy through consideration of renewable energy sources and improving energy performance.

How to find out more and have your say:

The draft SPD is open for public consultation from Tuesday 7 July until Sunday 18 October. We are keen to hear if the document covers everything you would you want to know, and whether the information given is clear, easy to navigate and to use.

Please provide your feedback through one of the methods below. If we find that we are receiving a number of comments or questions around a particular theme we can address those themes in a webinar, which would be hosted around the beginning of September. For this reason we would appreciate receiving any initial feedback that you would like us to discuss in a webinar by Sunday 30th August.

  • View or download a copy of the draft SPD
  • Provide us with your feedback here
  • Write to: South Gloucestershire Council Corporate Consultation Team,  Council Offices,  Badminton Road,  Yate, BRISTOL,  BS37 5AF

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    7 Jul 2020 at 14:00
  • Closed
    18 Oct 2020 at 23:59

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