Exploring Planning Permission: Your Expert Guide By Visual

Exploring Planning Permission: Your Expert Guide By Visual

At Visual, we recognise that contemplating the addition of a conservatory to your home often raises questions regarding planning permission.

That’s precisely why we’ve crafted this comprehensive guide to assist you in navigating the intricacies of planning permission in the United Kingdom.

Upon expressing interest in acquiring a Visual conservatory, we will schedule a design consultation. During this meeting, we will thoroughly cover all aspects of your project, including the crucial topic of planning permission.

Understanding the significance of adhering to planning laws is paramount. Non-compliance can lead to severe repercussions, potentially complicating future property sales.

Rest assured, our design experts are well-versed in the latest planning permission regulations, ensuring that you leave our discussion fully informed.

Is planning permission required for a conservatory?

In the majority of scenarios, planning permission is not required for your conservatory as long as it adheres to the parameters and criteria specified for Permitted Development.

Permitted Development Rights provide automatic authorisation for expanding your home, bypassing the necessity for a comprehensive planning application.

For a comprehensive breakdown of these limitations and criteria, please refer to our dedicated webpage.

Solid roof conservatory

Understanding porch regulations

When contemplating a porch extension, it’s important to note that distinct regulations come into play, which generally tend to be less intricate compared to those governing conservatories.

In the majority of cases, obtaining planning permission for your porch is unnecessary as long as the following conditions are met:

1. The ground floor area, measured externally, remains within the three square metre limit.
2. No portion of the porch extends beyond three metres above ground level, with measurements similar to those employed for house extensions.
3. The porch does not encroach within two meters of any boundary surrounding your property or the adjacent roadway.

Anthracite Grey porch

The planning process simplified

Initiating a planning permission application is a straightforward task. You have the flexibility to apply by traditional mail, email, or conveniently online through the Planning Portal website, which serves as the primary source for planning and building regulations information in England.

The cost of your planning application may fluctuate depending on your location, but you can determine the relevant fee using the Planning Portal’s fee calculator.

Subsequently, once your application is received and verified, it proceeds through a public consultation phase, which typically spans three to eight weeks. During this interval, affected neighbours have the opportunity to express their comments and concerns regarding your proposed development. Following this phase, you should anticipate receiving notification of your application’s approval or rejection, typically within a brief timeframe unless the project entails exceptional complexity.

Checking for Planning Permission

It’s comforting to recognise that around 86% of planning applications receive approval, rendering the process relatively uncomplicated for homeowners. When you choose Visual, you gain the advantage of our extensive knowledge of planning regulations, ensuring your home improvement journey is as seamless and stress-free as can be.

For further insights and valuable guidance on planning permission, we warmly invite you to delve into our Informative Guide to Planning Permission. Visual stands ready to assist you at every juncture as you set out to enhance your home with a delightful and practical conservatory.


One of our multi-purpose living spaces will give you the roominess that you desire so that you can also invite more people over and feel so much less restricted.



One of our multi-purpose living spaces will give you the roominess that you desire so that you can also invite more people over and feel so much less restricted.



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