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Conservatories Planning Permission

Planning Permission for Your Cheshire Conservatory

When extending your property with a conservatory, it’s important to do things properly. Usually, planning permission is not required when installing a conservatory, unless the property has already been extended or is a new build property. Single storey extensions – including conservatories – are usually exempt from planning permission. However, the need for planning permission depends on each individual project’s specifications. If you’re looking to build a conservatory and want instant planning permission advice, contact the Crystal Living team today.

Do you need planning permission for conservatories?

Conservatories often don’t require planning permission if they meet the following criteria:

  • They don’t cover more than half the garden area
  • They don’t extend beyond the front or side elevation of the property
  • They don’t feature a veranda or balcony
  • The roof ridge is not higher than the eaves of the property’s roof
  • The house has not already been extended

Local authority planning permission

When extending your property with a conservatory, the need for planning permission often depends on the local authority. 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. The need for planning permission also varies for different types of property. If you live in a detached property you probably won’t need planning permission. However, if you live in a terraced or semi-detached house, or a flat or maisonette you will need to obtain planning permission to install an orangery.

In 2013, the government increased the maximum size for conservatory extensions. For detached properties, you can now extend outwards by up to 8 metres – 6 metres for other property types. This legislation is valid until May 2019. To ensure your conservatory doesn’t have a negative impact on neighbouring properties, you will need to undergo a ‘Neighbour Consultation Scheme’. This replaces the need for planning permission, but for terraced houses, flats and maisonettes, planning permission is still required.

Building regulations

Complying with building regulations is separate from planning permission. Building regulations ensure that any work carried out on your home is of a good standard and does not breach health and safety requirements. Building regulations approval is required when you want to remove the door or walls linking the conservatory to your house. If you want to install a kitchen conservatory you will usually need to remove an exterior wall. Therefore, planning permission will be required. You will also need to prove that the conservatory is as energy efficient as the rest of the house.

If your conservatory is built on or within 3 metres of a public sewer, then you will need permission from the local water board. Once the work is completed your local building control officer will inspect the conservatory to ensure that no damage has been done. Most conservatories are exempt from building regulations when they are:

  • Under 30 metres squared in floor size
  • Separated from the original property by an external wall or door
  • Built at ground level
  • Not closer than 1 metre to any boundary
  • Fitted with an independent heating system

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Free planning permission advice

When you choose a conservatory with Crystal Living, we will look after any planning permission requirements. Even if your planned conservatory does not meet all the above criteria, our team at Crystal Living have the experience and knowledge to give you the best possible advice. We will analyse each individual project, and create a plan designed to give you the best possible solution for your home improvement project.

If planning permission is required, we will complete all necessary applications and contact the local authority on your behalf. We will not start work until full planning permission is granted, giving you peace of mind that your project will be completed to the best possible standard.

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