Most small conservatories or orangeries do not require planning permission and those that fall within the regulations rarely cause problems for the planners. David Salisbury will be please to assist with this process and most applications are successful.
An outline of the criteria for exemption is listed below and in case of doubt it may be helpful to show your sketch designs to a planning officer. Do this informally before paying any fee or completing the application form. Any potential objections may be overcome by agreement at this formative stage. In some areas this may not be possible as planners are too busy, but it is always worth a try.
Adding a conservatory to your house is considered to be permitted development, not needing an application for planning permission, subject to the limits and conditions listed below.
Please note: the permitted development allowances described here apply to houses not flats, maisonettes or other buildings. 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.
The council has eight weeks from the date of application to give
you a decision before you have the right to appeal to the Secretary
of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions. However appeals
can take several months to decide and it may be quicker to reach agreement
with the council.
Where it is clear that planning consent is going to be difficult to obtain, it may be helpful to gain support from your local councillor who sits on the planning committee so that one person at least is briefed to support your application. In addition you would be best advised to consult an experienced architect or planning specialist, alternatively we may be able to help.