Understanding how your conservatory relates to the Neighbourhood Consultation Scheme

If you are extending, improving or renovating your home then planning permission should always be something that you consider. Failure to ensure that you have the correct permissions could mean that you have to halt your project or that you face penalties from your local council.

What is the Neighbourhood Consultation Scheme?

Applying for planning permission is a lengthy process, which can often cause a headache for those planning in a conservatory or small extension.

With this in mind, during 2013, the NCS was created as an interim measure which means that homeowners planning in rear extensions to their properties may not need to apply for planning permission.

The NCS is only in place until 30th May 2019 and all work must be completed before this date.

How can you comply if you are building a new conservatory?

The majority of conservatories should not require planning permission due to their size; however, there are some homeowners who will want to build a larger extension to their home.

Permitted Development (whereby you don’t need to apply for planning permission) used to only apply to rear extensions up to 4m for detached houses and 3m for terraced or semi-detached properties. However, the NCS doubled this allowance making it now 8m for detached and 6m for terraced and semi-detached properties.

How does the scheme work?

If you believe that your conservatory is going to fall between 4 and 8m in size then you will need to follow the NCS process. Whilst there are still a few steps to keep in mind that relate to this type of permission, it is shorter and less complicated than the planning permission process.

In order to obtain permission through NCS you will need to:
•    Prove the council with a description of your proposal including all dimensions
•    Show a site plan with at least 2 named roads highlighted
•    Provide a block plan to a scale of 1:100 to 1:200 which shows distances to any boundaries and existing properties
•    The addresses of neighbours who are adjoined to your property
•    Contact details for your builder

After you have provided this information, your neighbours will be given notice of the proposed work and are allowed 21 days to object. Should there be no objections and your development meets all of the criteria, it will be approved and you can commence work.

The process is completely free, compared to the rather costly planning permission process.

What about if you are only converting the roof?

Converting the roof of your conservatory to a solid roof can improve the look and functionality of the space. It is advisable, if you are planning to convert the roof of your conservatory that you seek guidance within the NCS from your local authority, all to ensure that you are acting within the regulations.
At Total Roofcare, we are experts in converting conservatories and ensuring that they have the highest quality solid roof installed. Get in touch with us today and discover just why a solid conservatory roof can help, by calling us on 0800 917 5109 or by filling in our contact form.

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