As many of us are looking to increase the time we can use our conservatories in comfort – without spending a small fortune on heating or air conditioning – a relatively simple option is to replace a glass roof with tiles. It has never been easier to convert to solid roofing.
A few years ago, there were more constraints on homeowners wanting to change or extend their properties. More relaxed planning regulations mean that you no longer need to have clear sections in your conservatory roof, and in most cases you won’t need planning permission.
Permitted development rights
This allows many homeowners to extend and improve their homes without having to get planning permission. Changes in regulations mean that there is no need to apply for planning permission where it would be out of proportion with the impact of the work. There is now a greater balance between the interests of the householder, their neighbours and the local environment.
Exceptions to the rule
Planning permission may, however, be required if you live in a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Conservation Area, on a Broad, or within a World Heritage Site. Anyone living in a listed building will need to check whether listed building consent is required. Local authorities can also issue what’s called an Article 4 Direction, which removes permitted rights on whole areas or individual houses. It’s always advisable to check with your local authority, before starting work.
Neighbourhood Consultation Scheme
You may need to notify your local planning authority, even if planned changes to your conservatory roof don’t need planning permission. Don’t worry though, it’s the authority’s job to then notify your neighbours and they have 21 days to object. If there are no objections you can start work immediately, and look forward to inviting those neighbours around to inspect your lovely improved conservatory over drinks and nibbles.
Check before starting work
Search online for the Government’s ‘Permitted development rights for householders’, to get an understanding of the regulations and if in doubt always check with your local planning authority. They can give you the go ahead, and then all you’ll need to do is decide on the colour of your new conservatory roof!