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Do I Need Planning Permission for a Conservatory?

Posted by Clare Whitehall on Feb 11, 2019

One of the most asked questions we hear when it comes to people looking into the possibility of having a conservatory built for their home is whether you need planning permission. Equally, people also wonder if having a polycarbonate or glass roof replace with a tiled Guardian Warm Roof requires any planning permission. The simple answer to these questions is no, but as long as they stay within the guidelines. Within this article, you'll find some clear guidelines which will give you a better idea of whether you will need to think about applying for planning permission or whether you're good to go ahead without applying.

Here at Projects4Roofing, we have the reputation of providing a professional and reliable service thanks to our polite and friendly staff. We're members of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Competent Roofer Schemes, Team Guardian Approved and Trustmark. So, whether you need a flat roof replacement, pitched roof, fascia, soffit or cladding or a conservatory roof conversion, we'll provide you with an impressive service with the highest quality roofing products available within the industry.

With a head office in Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, we can serve the entire region, including Cambridge, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Ely, Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots, Royston, Saffron Walden, Haverhill, Sudbury and the surrounding areas. Get in touch with our professional team today to find out more about the conservatory services we offer. Call us today on 01638 597 730 and we'll be more than happy to give you some advice and provide you with a quote.

Planning Permissions Broken Down:

We can all agree, building regulations can be confusing, especially when it comes to conservatories, sunrooms and orangeries. There's a number of ways in which a conservatory can be built without the necessity of planning permissions.

Planning permission asks, "Am I allowed to build this extension?" - as the homeowner you have "Permitted Development Rights" which allows you to build single storey extensions as follows:

  • At the front of the property: up to 3 square metres.
  • At the side of the property.
  • The width can be of any length so long as the building does not extend past the front and/or rear elevation walls.
  • The projection can be up to 50% of the width of the house.
  • At the rear of the property.
  • The width can be any length so long as the building does not extend past the side elevation walls.
  • The projection for detached properties is 4 metres. for every other type of property, the projection is 3 metres. Sometimes permitted development rights can be removed. We strongly agree with the planning portal's advice that you should contact your local planning authority and discuss the details for your proposal before getting any solid plans in place and work begins. They will be able to inform you of any reason why the development may not be permitted and if you need to apply for planning permission for all or part of the work.

However, until 2019 these rules have eased with the introduction of "Prior Notification". Prior Notification allows a detached homeowner to project from 4-8 metres into the garden and all other properties from 3-6 metres. Prior Notification is a much simpler form of planning permission and the forms are straightforward and easy to complete. This is because unlike with full planning permission, there is no requirement for full architectural plans. An outline plan will suffice and can be downloaded from the internet here.

Therefore, fully planning permission is now only required on single storey extensions to detached properties with over 8 metres projection and all other properties over 6 metres until sometime in 2019.

The Guardian Conservatory Roof:

The Guardian Roof is specially built as a lightweight, thermally efficient alternative to your standard conservatory roof. It fulfils all the purposes of a normal roof with the added benefit of being able to be installed without the hassle of having to apply for planning permission. The room will feel like an extension but with much better natural daylight and all of our roofs are fully LABC approved.

If you would like more detailed information on the building regulations, the planning portal has all additional information on their website. This is a government site used for accessing the online planning and building regulations within both England and Wales. Contact your local building authority if you would like more specific information on your local area.

Choose Projects4Roofing:

If you're considering a new project, would like to extend your conservatory or change the roof you currently have, we can help. Here at Projects4Roofing, we are Guardian roofing specialists and when you choose to work with us, you'll be sure to get a completely reliable and efficient roof conversion.

Be sure to get in touch with a member of our team on 01638 778 335 or fill in our contact form online. Our highly trained and expert team will be more than happy to advise you on the next steps you need to take in order to get the home of your dreams!

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