It would be completely irresponsible and unprofessional of us to install any conservatory, orangery, sunroom, or any other form of extension, without checking if planning permission is required first.
While it can take between 8-13 weeks to find out if a local planning department has granted permission when an application has to be made, it’s definitely worth the wait; not least because you know the design is completely in the clear so far as planning laws are concerned. What you don’t want to happen is for a planner to inform you that the design contravenes the rules once it’s already been built and serve you with an enforcement notice, forcing you to modify, or potentially, demolish the design.
We may discover that no planning application needs to be submitted because the extension comes under Permitted Development Rights – in this instance, the extension can instantly be built.
But, to be a Permitted Development, your chosen extension has to satisfy all of these limits and conditions:
* 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.
Even if it falls short of fulfilling just one of the limits and conditions, a planning application will need to be drawn up and submitted. ERG will assist with this.
You can get lots more useful information about planning permission in a guide we’ve written about the subject. Click here to receive an instant copy.
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