The most common question asked when considering adding a conservatory or an orangery is will I need planning permission?
The usual answer is not always…and most of the time this is the case.
Surprisingly most conservatories and orangeries do not require planning permission, but listed below are the conditions affecting whether or not your build requires planning permission or building regulations.
Under new regulations that came into effect from 1 October 2008 adding an orangery to your home is considered to be permitted development, not needing an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
- No more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings.
- No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.
- No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
- Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house.
- Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres.
- Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of three metres including ground floor.
- Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres.
- Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house.
- Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house.
- Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house.
- No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
- Where work is proposed to a listed building, listed building consent may be required.
- The term “original house” means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 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.
Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites. You may also need to check if your house is a ‘new build’ as developers sometimes place restrictions on them.
Should your orangery or conservatory require planning permission, rest assured Creative will ensure the whole process runs smoothly from start to finish. We will arrange drawings,complete and submit the application forms and keep you updated throughout the process. In the meantime you can concentrate on planning and designing the finishing touches and dreaming of how you will soon be enjoying the new addition to your home.
If you have any questions or require any further information in relation to planning permission or building regulations, feel free to call us on 01446 746353.