With summer on the way, you might have your heart set on a new conservatory before the busy season. In many cases this can be arranged without any hiccups, but there is one thing which could get in your way – planning permission. Will you need it, and if so how long would it take to get your plans approved? Read on for the Prior guide to planning permission for conservatories and orangeries.
Do all extensions require planning permission?
No, all extension and conservatory projects are different and whether you need to apply for planning permission will depend on a number of factors. For example, if you live in a listed building, if you live near designated land and the proposed size of the home extension.
In general, adding an average sized conservatory to your home is a permitted development, and you WON’T have to apply for planning permission.
However, there are always exceptions and you should always check the official guidance before going ahead with an orangery or conservatory. For example the maximum height for a single storey rear extension is four metres, and no balconies or verandas are permitted. Remember to always check the legal framework yourself, and double check your findings with the contractor before starting any building work.
Neighbour Consultation Scheme
If you are planning a large conservatory extension – between three and eight metres depending on the type of building – you may need to notify the local planning authority. You will have to complete a Notification of a Proposed Larger Home Extension form and supply supporting information about the project.
As part of this process, the local authority will serve notice to neighbours and adjoining owners about the proposed development. Neighbours will be able to make objections to the plan, which will be taken into account when the local authority make a decision on the project.
Thousands of homeowners have improved their home and added an extra room by installing a conservatory. The majority of these projects don’t need any sort of planning applications and we can get started straight away with as little disruption as possible.
If you need any extra information and advice about the legalities of extending your home, please visit https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/10/conservatories
You can also contact our designated conservatory team who will be able to answer your questions and discuss your project.