Making improvements or alterations to your council home

What applications we refuse and what you can do if permission is refused

Sometimes we do not give permission for alterations and improvement.

We do not permit the following alterations:

  • open fires                               
  • wood burners
  • gas fires        
  • installation of down lights into ceilings
  • structural works involving load bearing walls
  • extensions and brick based conservatories
  • permissions which change the number of bedrooms in a property
  • removal of stair banisters
  • laminate flooring.

We will not grant permission if:

  • the proposal will breach planning or building regulation approval
  • the proposed works are considered to be detrimental to the structure and / or long term maintenance of the property.
  • the proposed works may have a detrimental effect on  health and safety including fire risks
  • the proposed works are considered to be potentially detrimental to the future letting / use of the property
  • the proposed works will negatively affect neighbouring properties / residents and are not in keeping with their surrounding environment.

If you are in rent arrears or there are on-going court proceedings in relation to your tenancy, your request may be placed on hold until the matter is resolved.

What you can do if we refuse your application

If we refuse to give you our permission to carry out an alteration you can revise your proposal at any time and apply again.