1st for Conservatories are
able to Apply for Conservatory Planning Permission on your behalf
A. Under Planning Permission & Building Regulations the
term “Original House” means the house as it was first built, or
as it stood on 1st July 1948, if it was built before that date.
Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous
owner may have done so.
1. Has your Local Authority removed or reduced
your Permitted Development Rights under an Article 4 Direction?
Article 4 Directions are commonly made when the character of an
area of acknowledged importance would be threatened. They are most
common in Conservation Areas and, in recent times, in areas of high
density building such as new housing estates. You will probably
know if your property is affected by such a direction, but you can
check with the council if you are not sure.
2. Is your property a Grade 1 or Grade 2 Listed
3. Will your conservatory be nearer to any ‘highway’
than the nearest part of the “original house” AND less
than 20 metres from any highway?
The term ‘Highway’ includes all public roads, footpaths, bridleways
4. Including the conservatory, will more than half
the area of land around the “Original House” be covered by
the additions of other buildings?
5. Would the conservatory be higher than the highest
part of the roof of the “Original House”?
6. Will any part of the conservatory be more than
4 metres high AND within 2 metres of the boundary of your property?
You should measure the height of the conservatory
from the ground level immediately next to it. If the ground is uneven,
you should measure from the highest part of the surface.
7. Is your house terraced (inc. end of terrace),
or in a Conservation Area, National park, Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty or the Norfolk or Suffolk Broads AND would the Conservatory
increase the ‘Volume’ of the “Original House” by more than 10% or
50 cubic metres, whichever is the greater?
‘Volume’ is calculated from external measurements.
8. For any house not mentioned in Question 7, will
the conservatory increase the ‘Volume’ of the “Original House” by
more than 15% or 70 cubic metres, whichever is the greater?
9. For all houses, would the conservatory increase
the ‘Volume’ of the “Original House” by more than 115 cubic metres?
B. In the following circumstances, the ‘Volume’ of
other buildings that belong to your house (such as a garage
or shed) will count against your ‘Volume’ allowances. In some
cases, this can include buildings that were built at the same
time as the “Original House”.
10. If an extension to your house comes within
5 metres of another building or buildings (such as garages or sheds)
belonging to your house, will the COMBINED ‘Volumes’ of the extension
plus the other building/s plus the conservatory, exceed your allowance
as defined above in Questions 7-9?
11. If any building or buildings that have been
added to your property are more than 10 cubic metres in volume AND
within 5 metres of your house, will the COMBINED ‘Volumes’ of the
building/s plus the conservatory exceed your allowance as defined
above in Questions 7-9?
12. If you live in a Conservation Area, National
park, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Norfolk or Suffolk
Broads will the COMBINED ‘Volumes’ of all additional buildings which
are more than 10 cubic metres in volume, wherever they are in relation
to the house, plus the conservatory, exceed your allowance as defined
above in Questions 7-9?
IF YOU HAVE ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE
QUESTIONS YOU WILL NEED TO APPLY FOR PLANNING PERMISSION
Do take care. If you build a conservatory that requires Planning
Permission, without it, you may be forced to put things right later, with
all the inherent costs and trouble thereof. You may even be forced
to remove the conservatory completely.
If you are at all unsure, you can get informal advice about conservatories
free from the Planning Office of your Local Authority. To make contact,
go to www.lga.gov.uk
and search for the contact details of your Local Authority from there.
You can also send details of your proposed conservatory to the Council,
with the appropriate fee, for a formal decision. If the conservatory does
not need Planning Permission, the Council will issue you with a Certificate
Of Lawful Use or Development.