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Is a narrow double side extension worth it?

We have had an offer accepted on a semi detached house which we want to fully extend.
I've already started planning in my head what we will do with the property, but measuring the side plot it's only 2.4m wide which is now worrying me that once you add in external walls, it's not going to leave much space for rooms etc.
Downstairs is simpler because we can add a utility, wc and wider kitchen diner etc (including a big rear extension) so I'm confident we will find a design which makes a great space.
The concern is the upper floor. Will 2m provide useful space? Is it worth doing a double storey with only this much space?
Other family members we have spoken to have said we really should leave side access space, which sounds very useful but then would only leave just over 1m width which isn't going to work on the upper floor.
Has anyone done a cantilevered extension so the upper floor could be wider than the ground floor? Does this look ugly and would it even be approved by the Council?
Help would be much appreciated

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