Looking to Renovation or Extend Your Forest Hill Home

Named after the woodland which used to cover the area, Forest Hill was once described by architect Sir Norman Foster as “a delightful pocket of south London”. Until the early 1800s there were only about 15 large houses here – but it has since acquired an abundance of impressive architecture in a variety of 19th and 20th-century styles.

These include the Victorian Louise House and the Arts and Crafts library, both of which are Grade II listed, Art Deco buildings and the Horniman Museum. Built by the tea merchant Frederick Horniman to house his collection of natural history artefacts, it also has an aquarium, an extensive collection of musical instruments, African art and lovely gardens. Forest Hill also has three nature reserves: Dacres Wood, Devonshire Road and Garthorne Road.

There are four trains an hour from Forest Hill station to London Bridge, which is 20 minutes away, and two an hour to London Victoria, which take just over 40 minutes.

Architects in Forest Hill

Bluelime Home Design have been inventing, imagining and improving homes across south London and Kent for more than a decade. We now have five offices in Bexley, Bromley, Erith, Dartford and Croydon, and our reputation for innovative design and reliable quality precedes us. We've developed close relationships with a number of local building firms too – so we can oversee all the work on your home from start to finish.

House prices in Forest Hill

In February 2019, the average price for property in Forest Hill was £511,301. Prices fell 0.39 per cent in the previous three months, but rose overall by 1.22 per cent over the past 12 months.

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Planning applications in Forest Hill

If you want to build, extend or make alterations to a property, you'll usually need planning permission from Lewisham Council. The fees for this are set by the government:

£206 for an extension

£462 for a new home, or a conversion of another type of building into a home (though nowadays some types of conversion don’t require planning permission).

You can get advice from the council on your application before submitting it. The council charges for this:

For simple alterations and extensions, other than to a listed or conservation building: £130 for a 20-minute meeting and a written follow-up.

For more complex extensions and alterations, or those involving a building in a conservation area: £220 for a 20-minute meeting and a written follow-up.

For a new home: £600 for a 30-minute meeting and a written follow-up; £360 if you're just building an annexe or converting one house into two flats. If you need a longer conversation, it's £900 for a one-hour meeting and a written follow-up, and £480 for a subsequent meeting.

For work on a listed building: £654 for a one-hour meeting at the property with a conservation officer, plus a written follow-up; £456 for just a letter; £198 for any subsequent advice.

If you just want to find out something very simple, such as whether you need planning permission or listed building consent, or how to submit a planning application, you can pay £60 to consult the council's planning information service. You can only use this for general queries, not to talk about the suitability of your application specifically.

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Contact us

If you'd like to talk about how we can help you plan a new home or home renovations in Forest Hill, Whether you are looking for architectural help with a new build project, a kitchen redesign or a loft extension, our team of Croydon architects on 020 3504 7451.

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