Leaseholder alterations advice for garden access

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9:41 AM, 22nd February 2019
About 3 months ago

Leaseholder alterations advice for garden access

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Leaseholder alterations advice for garden access

I am a leaseholder of a ground floor maisonette the freeholder is the local authority. The property only has an upstairs flat built above my dwelling, street view looks like a semi detached house.

My maisonette backs onto my personal garden, but to access my garden I have to go out through the kitchen door into the communal side access then into my garden. I can look from the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom into the garden. However, there is no direct access from maisonette to garden which could be achieved by replacing the bedroom window with french doors. Obviously any works would be subject to Fensa and building regulations with an approved contractor.

My lease states no structural works without approval which I understand, but there has to be some weight in a quality of life.

Has anyone achieved this before as I have received mixed messages from my freeholder the local authority?
If this was a freehold dwelling this would have been done by now, no doubt.

All thoughts very welcome.

Charlie



Comments

JJ

12:25 PM, 22nd February 2019
About 3 months ago

If the freeholder is the local authority then somewhere on their website they will have planning policies stating what they will allow in development terms; often they talk about sustainable development, improving the appearance of neighbourhoods. That kind of thing.

I suggest you find those documents, find out what your authority states is important in terms of permitted or desirable local developments; then make sure your proposal fits in with those policies, contact the local authority and request that as the freeholder the authority permits you to do what you want referring back to their policies.


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