Planning permission – how it could help to sell your home

Have you ever thought that planning permission could help you to make your home more saleable? If the answer is no, maybe it’s a route you can go down to help with the selling process and often add significant value to your home without breaking the bank.

Securing a planning approval on your property to help with marketability works on so many levels. Firstly, there’s the imagination angle – opening the buyer’s minds to long-term development possibilities but also it might streamline the process for them – as the idea of securing planning permission can be daunting.

There are a number of options on so many levels, for example, it could be a smaller simple extension or a full-scale remodel or rebuild. On the larger scale you may have land within your property which is suitable for the development of one or more additional dwellings too.


We have an excellent case study, which proved to be a worthy journey for our clients. See below:

Our clients originally had their large detached Victorian home on the market over a period of around 4 years (on and off). During that time they had their property listed with a few different estate agents who had varying approaches but with no success.

Fibre Architects met with them in the first instance to discuss the possibility of looking at the development potential of their property to make it more saleable. The main house itself was very grand, and was located within large grounds with a number of outbuildings – all ripe for residential development.

After preparing a number of development options for review by the client, and valuing by an estate agent, we were ultimately successful in securing planning approval for a small development of 5 new homes in total around a character-filled courtyard, 2 of which were large detached new-builds.

Two of the new dwellings were the extension and conversion of existing buildings, one a former stables and the other previously used as an annexe.

With careful design each new property maintained its own privacy, with a generous garden, amenity space, and private dedicated parking spaces, ensuring that each of the proposed dwellings was also individually attractive in terms of the development potential and saleability.

As part of our work, we also ensured that important design issues such as appropriate vehicular access, bin storage, existing trees, and other environmental factors were successfully addressed, as is often required during the planning application process these days.

We are pleased to say that the house with planning permission was successfully sold more or less straight away after going on the market again, and for a much greater amount than was expected – a fantastic result all round for our client.


To find out more about making your property more saleable and valuable by securing a variety of different types of planning approvals, do give us a shout. We would love to be able to give you some advice and recommendations on an approach suitable for your own specific circumstances.