Ponder over Planning Permission No More

These days you can change your home’s external cladding, fit a couple of delux windows to your roof and even add a conservatory – and all without the need for planning permission.

That’s because all of these home alterations come under the realm of ‘permitted development’. So, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that fitting new doors and windows is no big deal as far as your local planning department is concerned.

The exception to this rule is if the windows you plan on fitting are bay windows (some local authorities in England and Wales consider them ‘an extension.’) That’s because the windows extrude from the building and permanently alter its external dimensions.

If the property in question is a Listed Building then you will, of course, require permission from Historic England to alter its appearance in any way. Being in a conservation area also merits special attention and you will have to contact your local authority to inform them of your intent. And at which point they could refuse… so it’s definitely worth checking first.

Elevated side extension windows

If it’s a side extension or conservatory that you plan on getting fitted then it’s still possible to go ahead and fit windows. But there are restrictions in that the glass has to be obscure-glazed (having level 4 or 5 obscurity). The windows should also be at least 1.7 metres above the ground and/or non-opening. This is to protect the privacy of a neighbouring home which is often overlooked by a renovated property.

Meanwhile, if the new windows or doors are larger than those they are replacing, or inserted into a new area of your home, then this will have to be approved by your local authority Building Control team beforehand. There is no point in going ahead and fitting them only to be told to remove them at a later point because they don’t conform to specific regulations.

Different types of windows

When it comes to choosing your windows there is a variety of different types to select from. What you ultimately go with depends on where in your home they are being added to.

The most popular type of windows for home owners in the UK are double-glazed; triple glazing is sold too but proves less sought-after due to the mild climate on these shores. In Norway, for instance, where there are arctic winters, triple glazing is practically standard.

Other types of windows available include those made from uPVC, bow bay windows, Tilt and Turn, aluminium and casement windows (the latter are usually fitted in period properties, such as Victorian, Georgian and Regency style homes).

Today’s adorable doors 

Contemporary doors are produced in a range of smart and stylish designs. Here at Sovereign Home we produce and install uPVC doors in a huge number of shades and finishes. There are French doors for conservatories and doors with the best security locks around for the front and back of the house. There are also smart sliding doors for patios and bi-fold doors which provide excellent space-saving options.

Get in touch today

Why not take a look for yourself at some of the latest window and door designs on our website? You can also call the team here for advice, tel: 01277 810 910.