Proceeding with a conservatory installation without first checking if planning permission needs to be acquired is a high-risk strategy as it could lead to your local planning department forcing you to tear the structure down, or at the very least, order you to make expensive amendments to the design.
There’s no need to take a gamble like this as planning rules for conservatories are pretty straightforward.
No application for planning permission needs to be made when the conservatory is a ‘permitted development’ as you have an automatic right to construct it, as long as your property still has sufficient Permitted Development Rights intact to be able to do this.
All of these limits and conditions need to be met for a conservatory to enjoy permitted development status:
* 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.
When a conservatory fails to fulfil any of these limits and conditions, a planning application needs to be submitted to the relevant local authority. This can be done via the Planning Portal website.
It usually takes around eight weeks to find out if a planning department has granted permission for the conservatory to be built. If the plans have been rejected unfairly in your mind, you can appeal the decision. Please also note that some structures will also require a full Building Regulations application, so it is important to get a professional installer involved who will submit the right paperwork and obtain all the necessary permissions to avoid ending up with a white elephant.
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