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Will You Need Planning Permission To Add A Porch To Your Home?


An inviting home entrance will make your property appealing to an array of people, including those who purely pass by, those who come to visit and those with an interest in buying it from you. 

Entrance Porch in UPVC Rosewood

Could you do with a more gorgeous gateway? Roll out a new Welcome mat, light up the pathway to your door at night and have a stylish new UPVC or brick porch integrated into the building. 

For what it costs, and how much more elegant it will leave your entrance looking, adding a porch is fantastic value for money. 

It will also make your home a more secure place to live as anyone brave enough to attempt to break it open when locked will be thwarted by the high security handles/hinges, dog bolts, anti-bump/snap cylinders and multi-point locking mechanism.

The extra bit of space it adds will be useful too. 

It’s where you can park your shoes and boots when entering and leaving the house so that they don’t muddy your floors and hang up any coats. 

Just in case you didn’t know, some UPVC and brick porches can be subject to planning permission, unless they fall under Permitted Development Rights. 

When Permitted Development Rights apply, you can proceed with a porch installation without planning permission, so long as the proposed install meets the following guidelines:

  1. the ground floor area (measured externally) would not exceed three square metres.
  2. no part would be more than three metres above ground level (height needs to be measured in the same way as for a house extension).
  3. no part of the porch would be within two metres of any boundary of the dwellinghouse and the highway.

Get in touch with your local authority for official confirmation of whether your porch needs planning permission, or make it easier on yourself, and leave it to Pennine to find out for you. 

Just please don’t gamble on installing your porch without checking if it needs planning permission. If you are found to have broken planning laws, you could be made to submit a retrospective planning application, or worse than that, be forced to have the porch removed and return your entrance back to its original condition. 

Pennine has a quality range of UPVC and brick porches if you feel it’s time your entrance was rejuvenated.


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