Converting ‘granny flat’ to standalone dwelling

Discussion in 'Sites, planning, self-builds and extensions' started by cmalone, 12 Sep 2018.

  1. cmalone

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    wonder what requirements to make a ‘granny flat ‘ into a stand-alone dwelling. It was constructed 8 years ago at side of existing house. Has room for parking and rear separate back garden. Intend to sell in medium term if possible.
     
  2. Leo

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    You'll need to apply for planning permission to set it up as a separate unit. It will have to adhere to current building regs and have all the utilities like water, waste, electricity & gas connections separated out.
     
  3. cmalone

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    Thanks. Are there any special rules for front garden / rear garden area space in urban area ?
     
  4. Leo

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    That can vary by area. A good place to start is by looking at the planing granted for similar developments in your area, most LAs have online planning searches where you can search for applications by address or map.

    See this one in DLR as an example.
     
  5. cmalone

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    Very helpful. Plus the council reports are very open and transparent for all. Does anyone know if anything special applicable for Dublin city area for this type of development.
    A few options
    - develop as a stand alone dwelling. ... expect planning required only if sold ?

    - Rent as a short term ‘‘airbnb’ type unit or a long term rental - expect no planning required as we have existing development for 8 years plus.
     
  6. Leo

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    8 years has no bearing, changing use of such a unit to short term lets would require planning.
     
  7. kceire

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    Planning permission required for sub division in order to create a new dwelling.
    Contributions and new connections for utilities then required.
    Very hard to get planning for this type of development as you need minimum private open space to the rear, off street parking and minimum standard for accomodation such as living space, bedroom sizes, bathrooms and refuge.

    Your options (as you put it)

    Develop as stand alone unit - Planning required whether you sell or not!
    Rent as a short term - check the original grant of planning permissions, Granny Flats will come with a condition that it cannot be leased and it should be occupied by a family member as stated in the original planning application. The relevance of 8 years has no bearing here and it worthless pub talk.
     
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