With the rise in popularity of home improvement, particularly conservatories in recent years as a comparatively straightforward and cost-effective way of adding extra space to your home, it is vital that some controls are in place to prevent homeowners from expanding their properties in a manner that is to the detriment of the surrounding environment – or in a way that would impact negatively on their neighbours.
Planning regulations were revised recently and on 1st October 2008 new regulations came into force that makes an application for planning permission unnecessary subject to certain restrictions - they apply to extensions in general but this is how they apply specifically to conservatories:
There are other provisions in the regulations; however we assume that your development is a conservatory and that it will inherently be single-storey as required in the regulations, and so their specifics are not mentioned here.
Listed buildings will require listed building consent for any proposed work.
Further restrictions apply in certain areas, such as National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, World Heritage Sites and conservation areas.
It is important to check with your local planning office in all cases to ensure that your interpretation of the regulations is correct and that you do not require a planning application for the development of your conservatory. Your local council or authority will be happy to provide you with the details of your local planning and building control contacts who will in turn be happy to discuss your conservatory project with you.
Conservatory Building Regulations
It is worth noting that building regulations may still apply to extension developments such as conservatories even if they do not require planning permission, although as with the above this can be avoided if the conservatory meets certain criteria. More information can be found on our Conservatory Building Regulations page.
Choosing a conservatory - next stepsAfter having perused our comprehensive conservatories section, it is likely that you will want to start evaluating conservatory prices and the various styles available so you can make a more considered decision.
The best way to get started is to select around 3 different FENSA registered specialists and arrange for them to come to your home and show you the range available, and advise you on how best to make use of the space in which you are planning to erect your conservatory – they may be able to offer size or layout options that you hadn’t even considered as well as specific conservatory planning permission or building regs information relevant to your particular project.
One of the more established names, Apropos, have been specialising in designing and building conservatories for over 50 years and you can request a free Apropos brochure by clicking here.
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