If you’re lucky enough to live in a conservation area, you may have thought about extending your home but considered it too difficult to get planning permission. You’ll be surprised to hear that it’s not as difficult as you might have thought. At Crystal Living we have helped hundreds of homeowners in conservation areas make the most out of their heritage home. In a conservation area, planning permission is required for all extensions, except single storey rear extensions of no more than 3 metres, or 4 metres for detached properties. When considering applying for planning permission, to extend a conservation area property, it’s important to always stay close to these 2 principles: preserve and enhance.
Home improvement projects usually do not require planning permission, as they count as a ‘permitted development’. Permitted developments are always more restricted for properties in conservation areas, as well as listed buildings and houses with restrictive covenants. Any alterations must not be seen to erode the character and appearance of the area. Planning permission is always required when the alteration is visible from a public highway, waterway or open space. You will need planning permission for most home improvements, including:
When extending a property in a conservation area, the need for planning permission often depends on the local authority. If you wish to demolish any unlisted buildings in a conservation area you will need permission from the local authority. You will also need local authority permission to fell or cut back any trees. At Crystal Living we work across Manchester, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester. For local information on planning permission regulations visit the government’s planning portal or get in touch with us.
When submitting a home extension design to your local authority conservation officer, it’s important to make a good first impression. Your designs must either, improve the existing building and overall aesthetic of the local area, or help to preserve what is already there. Crystal Living offer extensive design solutions to help you convince the local authority that your extension is in keeping with the area’s aesthetic. When applying for planning permission in a conservation area your designs should:
When you choose to work with Crystal Living, we will look after all planning permission requirements. We will analyse each individual project, and create a plan designed to give you the best possible solution for your home improvement project.
Overall, the more detailed your planning application, the more likely it is to be successful. Try to be as broad as possible in your research, remembering to reference the area’s historical significance. Crystal Living are dedicated to helping our customers make the best decisions with their home improvement plans. Our team of specialists are here to discuss all planning applications in order to create the most suitable application for each individual case. Crystal Living will complete all applications and contact the local authority directly, to make things as easy as possible for you. We will ensure any required planning permission is granted before we begin work on your home.