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Conservatory Planning Permission in East Sussex

Do I need planning permission for a conservatory?

Conservatory Planning Permission

Improving our homes by adding 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 because they can avoid the upheaval and expense of selling their house but can still gain a versatile extra room and also add to the value of their property if they do choose to move in the future.

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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 of building work.  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 for planning permission to build a conservatory. Adding a conservatory to your original house is usually classed as a permitted development which does not require planning permission. There are some exceptions which you can read about on the Government’s planning portal website.

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 work is a permitted development.

If your existing house is a listed building, listed building consent may be required. Failing to get listed building consent is a criminal offence.

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.

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.