What is an Orangery?

Firstly, let’s define what an orangery is. An orangery is a room or a dedicated area in your home that is often built with a combination of brick walls, large windows, and a glass roof. It’s essentially a hybrid between a conservatory and an extension, offering more insulation and privacy than a traditional conservatory, but with the same amount of light.

When it comes to home improvements, one of the most popular trends sweeping the UK is the addition of orangeries. Orangeries offer a brilliant way to seamlessly connect your indoor and outdoor spaces, creating a unique and versatile living area. However, before you proceed with your plans to build an orangery, one key question that may be on your mind is: “Do I need planning permission for an orangery?” In this post, Lancashire Double Glazing, your trusted home improvement company, will guide you through everything you need to know.

Planning Permission: The Basics

In the UK, planning permission is usually required for significant changes or additions to your property. However, in many cases, orangeries fall under ‘Permitted Development Rights,’ which means they are often allowed without needing to apply for planning permission. But, it’s not always that simple. There are certain conditions and limitations.

Permitted Development Rights for Orangeries

Permitted Development Rights provide homeowners with the ability to improve and expand their homes without the need for planning permission. However, these rights are subject to specific limitations and conditions. For example:

  • The orangery must not cover more than half the area of land around the original house.
  • The orangery must not be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  • If the orangery is within two metres of a boundary, the eaves cannot be higher than three metres.

Remember, these are just a few examples of the criteria. The full list is extensive and can vary depending on your property and location.

When is Planning Permission Required?

While many orangeries can be built under Permitted Development Rights, there are situations where planning permission would be required. For example:

  • If the orangery is not at the ground level or has more than one storey.
  • If the orangery is forward of the principal elevation or side elevation onto a highway.
  • If the orangery is larger than the limits and conditions of Permitted Development Rights.

Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

If your home is a listed building or within a conservation area, different rules apply. In these cases, you will likely need to apply for planning permission and the rules may be stricter.

The Importance of Checking

While this guide provides general advice, it’s crucial to check with your local planning authority before proceeding with any work. They can provide specific advice based on your property and proposal.

Building an orangery can be a fantastic way to add value and space to your home. However, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of planning permission before you start. At Lancashire Double Glazing, we have a wealth of experience in helping homeowners navigate these complexities. Whether you’re dreaming of a traditional or contemporary orangery, we can guide you through the planning permission processes. Get in touch today to start your journey towards creating your perfect living space.

Remember, while planning permission can seem daunting, it’s a process that exists to protect homeowners and neighbours alike. It’s always better to check first and build later than risk having to undo your hard work. Let Lancashire Double Glazing help you make your orangery dream a reality, in a way that is fully compliant with all local regulations and requirements.