Adding an Orangery Extension

Adding an orangery to your home provides you with extra space flooded with natural light, the perfect place to spend time entertaining or just relaxing with a good book. Do you need building permission to install an orangery extension onto your home? What are the regulations surrounding orangery installation? We will answer your questions here, starting by saying no, you will not need permission for an orangery, as long as you follow the applicable rules and guidelines.

FAQs about Orangery Planning Permission

The rules regarding planning permission can be confusing and complicated. It is a good idea, then, to check with your local council when you have questions about a project. However, we will answer some frequently asked questions to help you get a basic idea about the regulations involved in adding an orangery.

What is an orangery?

Halfway between a conservatory and an extension, an orangery is an extended space insulated by half brick walls and offering abundant light and garden views. An orangery provides extra space and is typically characterised by a flat perimeter roof, one or two roof lanterns in the center, and bifold doors.

How does an orangery differ from a conservatory?

Conservatories have larger glass panels than orangeries, and less framework and brickwork. Conservatories are typically seen as separate structures, so they do not need building regulation Orangeries do need building regulation approval, because they require more brickwork and are generally open plan designs.

Are building regulations the same thing as planning permissions?

No, they are separate, and you must get approval from both authorities before you proceed.

Under what circumstances will an orangery require a planning application?

Orangery installation can be complicated by a few different factors. You may need planning permission if:

  • Extensions or additions have been made to the house either since it was built or since 1948.
  • The orangery is to be added to a listed building or within designated land like conservation areas, national parts, world heritage sites, or areas of outstanding beauty.
  • The house onto which you want to build falls under a restrictive covenant. In this case, it is best to seek legal advice before proceeding.

What are the building guidelines for orangeries?

While orangeries are generally exempt from planning permission, they must be built following certain guidelines. Essentially, an orangery is considered a single-storey extension and subject to the same building regulations. Orangeries are not allowed to:

  • Be more than half the size of the house.
  • Have a height taller than four metres.
  • Cover more than 50 percent of the width of the house.
  • Involve balconies or platforms.
  • Have eaves that are taller than three metres if the orangery is within two metres of a boundary.

How expensive is planning permission in the UK?

If you do find that your orangery requires permission, you will need to consult with your local authority. Application fees vary depending on your area, but your local officials will have the answers you need or eliments can introduce a consultant to work on your behalf.

How long does it take to receive a response?

Generally, you can expect to receive an answer within eight weeks of submitting an application, but in some cases, it can take up to 13 weeks.

Finding the Information You Need

You can typically find the information you need about applying for planning permission by visiting the GOV.UK website. However, it can be more efficient to go directly to your local government website to learn more about planning permissions and building regulations.

High Quality Orangeries from a Trusted Company

When you are ready to install an orangery, trust the company that brings experience and excellence to your project. For over a decade, Eliments has been enhancing and improving homes, providing high quality products and excellent customer service to hundreds of happy customers. Founded on a high standard of craftsmanship and commitment to ethical philosophy, Eliments operates from Bell Farm in North Yorkshire, supplying and installing a variety of PVC-u double glazed windows, doors, conservatories, orangeries, and roofline guttering products. Eliments serves most of the Yorkshire area, including York, Selby, Leeds, Knaresborough, Harrogate, Tadcaster, Pocklington, Goole, Beverley, Howden, Malton, Thirsk, Driffield, and the surrounding areas.

Because we have flexibility in our manufacturing process, we are able to fabricate custom-made products that set us apart from other window manufacturers. We create products to suit your property, within a timescale to suit you, and all of our windows and doors are manufactured to Veka specifications.

If you are looking for the very best windows, doors, and conservatories on the market today, call 08081 751 062 or contact us through our website for a free quote.

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