The Problem with many loft conversions.
Most Loft conversions require Planning Permission, and all require Building Control approval. These should be obtained before you commence building work. Many honestly believed these extensions to be permitted developments, and advised others that approvals are not needed, or that they could, "sort out Building Control later", and obtain approvals retrospectively.
Building Control Approval is not Planning Approval, usually you need both approvals, and it is essential to have these in place before you commence any building work.
Over the last 10-15 years there have been a large number of roof space conversions constructed without approval. In Ardoyne it is particularly noticeable. There is in excess of one hundred such structures in this general area.
In Ardoyne some have been clearly visible for well over a decade. To the best of our knowledge, there have not been enforcement proceedings issued until recently (3-4 years). The photographs below are a random selection of these structures. They are everywhere, and plain to see.
Planning officers would have frequented these streets on numerous occasions, and the extensions are clearly visible. So the following questions need to be asked;