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Pennine Offer Free Planning Permission Advice For Conservatories & Orangeries

As we begin counting down to the summer months, dozens of householders across the North East have set their sets on establishing an exciting new home setting for the summer season – a conservatory or orangery.

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Pennine has received countless requests for conservatory or orangery installations in recent times and there’s nothing more we’d like to do than to get on with the job of constructing these extensions for our customers.

But, there can be a slight snag; the potential need for planning permission. This shouldn’t, however, kill off the idea for aspiring home extension owners as Pennine offers FREE expert advice and assistance on all planning-related matters.

Our consultants are frequently in contact with local planning officers, so they know exactly what they expect.

There is a possibility that the extension you create together with one of these consultants will enjoy Permitted Development Rights, and subsequently won’t require planning permission. To be a Permitted Development, an extension MUST meet all of the following conditions:

  • No more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  • Single-storey rear extension must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than three metres if an attached house or by four metres if a detached house.
    In addition, outside Article 1(5) designated land* and Sites of Special Scientific Interest the limit is increased to 6m if an attached house and 8m if a detached house until 30 May 2019.
    These increased limits (between 3m and 6m and between 4m and 8m respectively) are subject to the neighbour consultation scheme.
  • Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres.
  • Extensions of more than one storey must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than three metres or be within seven metres of any boundary opposite the rear wall of the house.
  • Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres.
  • Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house.
  • Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house.
  • Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • On designated land* no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey; no cladding of the exterior; no side extensions.

* 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.

If the extension doesn’t fulfil all of these conditions, a planning application will have to be submitted, but to reiterate, Pennine will provide the help you need to do this. You just focus on your mind on sampling the extension for the first time, an occasion you will never forget.


Have a read of our Helpful Guide about planning permission to understand more about this important topic.








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