High-quality conservatories smoothly bridge the gap between greenhouse structures and full-blown extensions. So, the general rule of thumb is that if your conservatory exceeds permitted development rules, it will be classed as an extension.
What are permitted development rules?
Permitted development basically means that a home improvement is exempt from seeking planning permission. English planning legislation currently states that adding a conservatory to your South Yorkshire home falls under ‘permitted development’, as long as these limits and conditions are met. If your conservatory specifications fail to meet any of these stipulations, both planning permission and building regs will apply.
Conservatory vs extension – what’s the difference?
Other than the official permitted development limits covering the amount of land used, there are a few construction characteristics that help to differentiate a conservatory from an extension.
- Conservatory design tends to be built with a large percentage of glazing
- Extension blueprints usually need the help of an architect
- A typical conservatory won’t make changes to a property’s foundation
- Double glazing, panelling and roofing is generally manufactured off-site
- A conservatory is much more cost-effective than a full-scale extension
Further considerations for conservatory installation in Sheffield
Before making conservatory plans, be sure to check whether your home is located in a conservation area. In Sheffield, there are 38 designated conservation areas, all recognised for their special architectural and historical significance. In place to minimise the loss of unique and distinctive built and natural features, you will need to take considerable care to ensure that your conservatory aesthetic is in keeping with the surrounding area. If your home falls within a conservation area you may also be restricted from carrying out certain changes or repairs without seeking permission to do so.
Avoid planning headaches further down the line by seeking further advice from your local planning office. Alternatively, you can contact your favourite double-glazing experts for assistance.
How can I be confident that my conservatory complies with building regulations?
Always look for double glazing installers who can prove that they’re an accredited member of Certass or FENSA. Setting industry standards and actively promoting professionalism, members of these schemes show that they are a competent company and that they adhere to regular workmanship assessments, whilst notifying the local authority and issuing a Building Regulation Compliance Certificate once the renovation work is complete.
Actively accredited by Certass, the Global Windows team offer high-value certification with the added bonus that Certass is a Green Deal Approved Certification body; implementing many proactive initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions, save energy and waste recycling.
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