I live in a 3rd (& top) floor fIat & have just been granted Planning Permission for a loft extension (bedroom, toilet and study). I then spoke to a Building Reg's chap (well, to be more accurate my Father did as he knew him from another bit of work my dad was doing) and was told that legislation changes mean that we cannot have a living space on the 4th floor without other prerequisites for fire safety, namely sprinkler system or another stairwell (escape route). I'm told that a sprinkler system is simply too expensive and complex to fit and a stairwell is also not possible (its a Grade 2 listed building and we wouldn't get planning for it).
So, do i have to resign myself to not being able to do this extension despite having laid out time and money on the planning docs and of course having got all excited about extending my too-small flat...
any advice really appreciated!