Unlocking New Opportunities: Upward Extensions for Commercial Properties

Upwards extensions to commercial properties can help you maximise your portfolio. Read our blog post for an overview.

2/4/20242 min read

a car driving down a street next to tall buildings
a car driving down a street next to tall buildings

In the ever-evolving world of real estate, finding new opportunities for development is key to staying ahead of the game. One such opportunity that has recently emerged is the introduction of Permitted Development Rights (PDR) for upward extensions to commercial and mixed-use properties. This exciting development opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for property owners and developers.

What opportunities are there?

Under Permitted Development Rights introduced in June 2020, a number of new opportunities are available. These rights were originally introduced to streamline the planning process and encourage development in specific areas. In the case of upward extensions for commercial properties, PDR grants property owners the ability to add additional floors to their buildings, creating new flats or residential units.

  • Class A - up to two additional storeys of new flats above a purpose-built detached block of flats;

  • Class AA - up to two additional storeys of new flats above detached buildings in commercial or mixed use;

  • Class AB - new flats above terraced or semi-detached buildings in commercial or mixed use;

  • Class AC - new flats above terraced or semi-detached dwellings;

  • Class AD - new flats above detached dwellings;

  • Class ZA - demolition of building and construction of new flats or a house in their place.

To find out more about the different opportunities, click on the links above.

If you are a homeowner and want to add an additional storey to your house, a new Permitted Development Right may be your answer. See our blog - Class AA upwards extensions for homeowners for more information.

What limitations and conditions are there?

While the new Permitted Development Rights streamline and encourage upwards extensions, they are subject to a Prior Approval process and limited by some restrictions and conditions.

How Can We Help?

At Cedar Planning, we specialise in helping property owners and developers navigate the complexities of upward extensions for commercial properties. Our experienced team of professionals is well-versed in the intricacies of PDR and can guide you through the entire process, from initial feasibility studies to obtaining the necessary permissions.

Our services include:

  • Feasibility studies: We will assess the viability of an upward extension for your commercial property, taking into account factors such as structural integrity, planning restrictions, and market demand.

  • Planning permission: We will handle all aspects of the planning application process, liaising with local authorities and ensuring that all necessary documentation is submitted correctly and on time.

With our comprehensive range of services, we can provide end-to-end support for your upward extension project, ensuring a smooth and successful outcome.

Contact Us Today

If you are interested in exploring the potential of upward extensions for your commercial property, we invite you to get in touch with us today. Our team of experts is ready to answer any questions you may have and provide personalised advice based on your specific circumstances.

Unlock new opportunities and take your property to new heights with upward extensions. Contact Cedar Planning today to find out how we can help you make the most of Permitted Development Rights.