Conservatory Planning Permission Across Essex

Applying for planning permission has a reputation for being a notoriously time-consuming process, but it can cost you a lot more time, stress and money if fallen foul of. At Sovereign Home Improvements, we believe in making life easy for our customers, so we’ll guide you through every step of the process, including whether your conservatory in Essex will require planning permission.

Suppose planning permission is necessary for your conservatory. In that instance, we’ll send out one of our highly trained team to gather all relevant information and supply it, along with detailed drawings, to the council on your behalf. It’s all part of our commitment to excellent customer service. 

Conservatory Planning Permission in Essex

Does my conservatory need planning permission?

We’ll assess the likelihood of needing planning permission as part of our full inspection when we design your conservatory. In general, most conservatories in Essex do not require planning permission if they adhere to the following points:

  • Single-storey extensions situated outside of designated land and Sites of Specific Interest do not require planning permission as long as glazed extensions on attached houses don’t exceed 6m or 8m for detached homes.

*Subject to The Neighbour Consultation Scheme

  • The conservatory roof does not exceed 4m’s in height and is no higher than your home’s roof.
  • Your property is not listed or in a conservation area.
  • Permitted Development Rights (PDR) have not been removed from your property.
  • There are no balconies, verandas or raised platforms.
  • The conservatory is sited at ground level.
  • The conservatory is permanently separated from the remainder of the property through a door.

Meeting Building Regulations, What You Should Know

While planning permission for conservatories in Essex is usually not needed, it’s important to note that you may be required to meet building regulations. Should any of the below be relevant to your conservatory, it will need to meet building regulations, something we’ll discuss with you at the design stage.

  • The conservatory has an internal floor area exceeding 30 square meters.
  • The conservatory is not sited at ground level.
  • The conservatory doesn’t have a 70% translucent roof.
  • The conservatory doesn’t have 50% glass coverage on newly constructed walls.
  • The conservatory has no door between it and the main house.

If the thought of dealing with building regulations and planning permission in Essex is putting you off expanding your home with a conservatory, give us a call today. We’ll be happy to put your mind at ease and take the burden off your shoulders. 


Adding extra living space to your home

How to add extra living space to your home during these challenging times

Over the past six months, many of us have found ourselves working from home, often with children or grandchildren at our feet. None of us expected to find ourselves in this situation, and we certainly didn’t expect to be spending quite so much time within our four walls. 

It’s hardly surprising then that an increasing number of people have reached out to us here at Sovereign Home Improvements to discuss how to add extra living space to their homes. Here are a few of our top recommendations for increasing your usable floor space on any budget.

3. Think outside the box.

The easiest and most affordable way to add extra space to your home is by looking for areas that can serve more than one purpose. Can an alcove shelf usually used for books double as your desk? Or perhaps a built-in wardrobe could provide you with a quiet nook instead? 

It certainly won’t be a long-term solution, but in a pinch, there are a surprising number of ways you can repurpose existing spaces in your home.

2. Convert your loft space. 

Have you found yourself wishing you had a dedicated office space within your home? You’re not alone. A popular long-term option is to convert your loft space into a usable room, either as a full renovation complete with stairwell or even as a shorter-term option, keeping the loft hatch in place. 

Planning permission usually won’t be required, but you will have to adhere to building regulations. While a loft conversion isn’t a quick process, it can offer much-needed living space and add value to your home, making it a great option if you’re willing to invest.

1. Utilise your conservatory.

Perhaps one of the best ways to add extra living space to your home is to improve upon what you already have. At this time of year, many conservatories are rendered useless, too cold to use comfortably. By replacing your thin polycarbonate or glass roof with an insulated Guardian Warm Roof, your conservatory can become a part of your ground floor living space. 

Turn it into a playroom for the kids, a quiet zone for study and work, or keep it all to yourself as an office-with-a-view. The choice is yours!

Improving your home isn’t just investing in a building, it’s an investment in your family’s comfort too. Speak to one of our team for an obligation-free quote today.