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Is planning permission required when you build a new conservatory?

Do I need planning permission for a conservatory?

Conservatory Planning Permission

Improving our homes by building conservatories has risen in popularity over the years.

Many people love their homes and are happily settled in their neighbourhoods, but sometimes the pressing need for extra space persuades them to move house.

Some of these people have come to realise that adding a conservatory makes shrewd financial sense. You can avoid the upheaval and expense of selling your home but still gain a versatile extra room and also add to the value of your  property if you choose to move in the future.

If you're considering a new conservatory to your home it's advisable to be aware of what you can and cannot build. For building projects it is the responsibility of the homeowner to seek planning permission as any building that doesn't meet regulations could be ordered to be demolished. Not only this, if you ever try to sell you home and you do not have the correct planning permission and regulations approval it can affect the sale.

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Permitted Development

Before you start any home improvement building work you should check whether or not you need planning permission. Planning permission means asking your local authority if you can do a certain piece building project.  The council can either grant you permission (sometimes subject to certain conditions) or refuse permission.

The good news is that if you live in a semi-detached or detached house in England you are unlikely to need to apply conservatory planning permission. Conservatories are applicable to the same rules as single storey extensions (this is different for building regulations approval). Adding a conservatory to your original house is classed as a permitted development which does not therefore require planning permission. There are some exceptions which you can read about on the Government’s planning portal website.

When Planning Permission is required

There are some small occasions when planning rules and permission are required. These include: 

  • When more than 50% of the land around the 'original house' is being covered
  • When the extension is forward of the front or side of the 'original house' that faces onto a road

To avoid this you can ensure you do not build a conservatory that extends more than 8 meters backwards from the rear wall of the 'original house' (detached houses). For semi-detached homes this distance becomes six metres. For peace of mind you can apply to your local planning authority, for a document known as a Lawful Development Certificate, confirming that your building project is a permitted development. If your existing house is a listed building, listed building consent may be required. Failing to get this consent is a criminal offence.

Building your Conservatory

Once you have the go-ahead you can start to choose from the range of conservatory designs we offer. Options you may want to consider include orangeries – which bridge the gap between conservatories and home extensions. Orangeries include more wood or brick than traditional conservatories along with glass panels and usually a glass roof. Coastline Windows have a conservatory design to suit every home and budget. From traditional styles to contemporary styles - our team of conservatory experts will personalise your new conservatory to make the most effective use of available space. Thermally efficient, stylish and highly secure, our conservatories ensure your living space is a comfortable temperature throughout the year.

Thanks to technological improvements, conservatories and conservatory roofs are low-maintenance, but Coastline Windows would be happy to talk to you about our conservatory cleaning options and our windows and doors MOT which can continue to protect your investment for years to come.

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