Spike in planning applications for mega-basements in Hammersmith and Fulham

West London has seen a notable increase, over the last five years, in homeowners opting to improve, rather than move.

The number of planning applications for the basement extensions, also known as iceberg developments, in Hammersmith and Fulham more than doubled between 2010 and 2015 with a 118% increase, with Kensington and Chelsea also seeing a rise in applications for similar projects.

Such underground extensions are thought to be so popular because they allow homeowners to increase their living space without infringing on planning controls. Mega-basement conversions in the capital have even been known to accommodate private cinemas, swimming pools and home spas.

London mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, has expressed concerns regarding the scale of excavation work required for such building projects – which sometimes extend to several floors below a property – due to the scale of noise and environmental disruption that he claims could potentially cause misery for neighbours, and vowed to address the issue if elected as mayor.

With property prices hitting new highs in the West London area, it’s understandable that an increasing number of homeowners are seriously considering renovation over relocation. Horton and Garton has extensive local knowledge of W6 and W12.

For bespoke advice when considering options in the borough in the current market, contact us to arrange a consultation.