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For many people when planning an extension, planning permission and building regulations can be an unwanted concern. When you choose Ultraframe Home Improvements this headache is removed, leaving you free to think about the exciting parts of your build. Ultraframe Home Improvements are extremely knowledgeable about the planning and building regulations process and will take care of the research and application.
Planning permission and building regulations are often confused. Both are the responsibility of the Local Authority and basically Planning permission takes into consideration the aesthetic effect of a new building/extension on the surrounding homes and neighbourhood, whilst building regulations define how the structure must be constructed in terms of thermal efficiency etc.
Ultraframe Home Improvements will take care of this for you, but for your information, here is a summary of the basic facts. Under new regulations that came into effect from 1 October 2008 adding a conservatory to your home is considered to be permitted development, i.e. not needing an application for planning permission subject to the following limits and conditions:
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. You may also need to check if your house is a ‘new build’ as developers sometimes place restrictions on them. Visit the Planning Portal – The Planning Portal is the UK Government’s online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.
Building regulations will generally apply if you want to build an extension to your home. However, conservatories are normally exempt when they meet a number of conditions:
You are advised not to construct conservatories where they will restrict ladder access to windows serving rooms in roof or loft conversions, particularly if any of the windows are intended to help escape or rescue if there is a fire. Any new structural opening between the conservatory and the existing house will require building regulations approval, even if the conservatory itself is an exempt structure. We suggest that you contact Ultraframe Home Improvements or your local authority. Alternatively click here to visit the Planning Portal – The Planning Portal is the UK Government’s online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.