Planning Permission & Building Regulations
If you live in a Grade I or II Listed Building, a Conservation Area or in or close by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), you will usually need Planning Permission before building a conservatory, orangery or other extension. With their origins in the 17th century, and their popularity in Victorian and Edwardian times, an orangery can often be more tolerable to a Planning Officer than the alternatives, as it will blend in with the existing architecture more readily.
At Richmond Oak, we have years of experience in handling Planning Applications for our Client’s Conservatory and Orangery projects. We are regularly dealing with the more specialist Listed Building Planning Applications and have some significant successes in dealing with applications in difficult areas such as Green Belt and National Parks. To summarise, your orangery can extend up to 3m from the rear of the original house on a semi-detached or terraced house, or 4m from the rear of the original house wall on a detached house without requiring planning permission. However there are some other constraints and to read more information on planning permission please click here
Because many of our client’s orangeries have a floor area of over 30 sq.m., or are open-plan with the house, many orangeries do require Building Control Certification. Having been building orangeries and tiled roof garden rooms for many years, our team have lots of experience in ensuring we deal with your building control applications efficiently and we ensure the builder has the relevant instructions and specifications to meet the stringent requirements of the Building Inspector. So as to maintain consistency in construction, inspections of our work is usually carried out by a specialist National certified inspectorate MLM Building Control Ltd. For further information on Building Control requirements please click here.
A ready understanding of what and how to submit to Planning Officers to achieve Planning Permission is crucial, and a further good reason for calling on the expertise of one of our design consultants who you can talk to and arrange a site visit by calling 01323-442255.