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Everything you need to know about planning a conservatory extension

PUBLISHED: 11:01 23 August 2019 | UPDATED: 11:41 23 August 2019

If your conservatory doesn't have a thermal barrier, seperating it from your home, you will need to pass a SAP test to evaluate your homes thermal efficiency. Photo by Ultraframe Media Library

If your conservatory doesn't have a thermal barrier, seperating it from your home, you will need to pass a SAP test to evaluate your homes thermal efficiency. Photo by Ultraframe Media Library

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"One of the main questions we get asked is 'do I need planning permission for my extension?' People know it exists and also probably need it, but often need some help with the particulars," explained Ken Rhodes, director of the double glazing specialist The Ken Rhodes Group.

Confusion around this issue can often get in the way of homeowners building the extra space they need. Ken shares his expertise to help you navigate the difficulties of planning permission applications, so you can have the conservatory you want.

If your conservatory is less than three metres away from the original outer wall of your home then you don’t have to get any permission to extend. Photo by Ultraframe Media Library.If your conservatory is less than three metres away from the original outer wall of your home then you don’t have to get any permission to extend. Photo by Ultraframe Media Library.

What is planning permission?

The first important thing to know is what it is - planning permission is official approval from a local body to extend or change a building, including your home. Often before you can build anything on your home, you'll need a stamp of approval from the relevant authorities. You start this process by contacting them and filling in the right forms.

When do I need planning permission?

The Ken Rhodes Group has the local industry expertise to help you avoid the common trip-ups that can delay the planning permission process. Photo by: Ultraframe Media LibraryThe Ken Rhodes Group has the local industry expertise to help you avoid the common trip-ups that can delay the planning permission process. Photo by: Ultraframe Media Library

As we mentioned already, you will need planning permission for almost any situation where you are doing building work on your home. The type of work you are planning will change the kind of permissions you need.

"To build a conservatory you only need to apply for planning permission, Any structure made up of over 70pc glass counts as a conservatory. Anything less and it's a single-storey extension. For single-storey structures you'll need to apply for building regulation checks," Ken said.

Do I need planning permission for any extension, even a small one?

You don't always need to get planning permission to start building.

"If your conservatory is less than three metres away from the original outer wall of your home then you don't have to get any permission to extend," Ken explained. "However these lengths can change depending on if you live in a semi-detached, terraced or detached home, so it's always worth double-checking with an expert first," he added.

If my conservatory is bigger than 3m can I just apply for planning permission and get started?

You will need to wait to have confirmation from the authorities that your plans have been accepted before you start any work. The planning permission department has a lot to consider, including if your neighbours will be affected by the building work.

You will need to submit a neighbourhood consent form during the process, so they can speak with your neighbours before returning their final decision.

"But don't fret, even if neighbourly communications are not at their best, this won't automatically mean they decline the extension. They take everything into consideration," said Ken.

Is the neighbourhood consent form all I need to complete?

The short answer is no. Depending on the size of your conservatory, this will affect what paperwork you need to complete.

Some properties are eligible for prior approval. This is a short cut. Pre-approved applications take eight weeks, and there is no fee.

"This is for extensions up to eight metres long, depending on the type of property you live in. For anything bigger, or if you live a newer build that isn't eligible for pre-approval, you'll need full planning permission," said Ken. "This process often takes longer and can cost up to £200. At Ken Rhodes we offer a full planning service to take care of this for you, so you get it right the first time."

Full planning services for The Ken Rhodes Group

The Ken Rhodes Group has the local industry expertise to help you avoid the common trip-ups that can delay the planning permission process. They can warn you if your home isn't eligible for prior approval and can make sure you have the proper barriers between your home and conservatory to keep your space energy-efficient. They can also explore if you will also need to pass building regulations as well as planning permission tests, while making sure you fully understand the difference between the two.

Pop in for a chat with the team at the showroom to ask them about planning permission for your project. Visit them online at www.kenrhodes.co.uk or call 01708 227777 to make building your dream home, easy.

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