When deciding which planning applications are accepted for development within its Conservation Areas, the Council has a duty in law to preserve or enhance the character of each area.
We will also be guided by the planning policies set out in the:
If you own a dwelling house within a conservation area in addition to normal planning controls planning permission is required for certain external works including:
- The cladding of any part of the exterior
- Enlargement of a dwelling consisting of an extension beyond a wall forming a side elevation of the original dwelling
- Enlargement of a dwelling consisting of an extension of more than one storey which extends beyond the rear wall of the original dwelling
- Enlargement of a dwelling consisting of an addition or alteration to its roof - excluding rooflights
- The erection of an enclosure, pool or container within the enclosed area immediately surrounding the dwelling
- The installation of an antenna on a chimney to a building which exceeds 15 metres in height
- The installation of an antenna on a wall or roof slope which fronts a highway
- The installation, alteration or replacement of a chimney, flue or soil and vent pipe on a wall or roof slope which fronts a highway and forms either the principal elevation or a side elevation of a dwelling
- The installation, alteration or replacement of a microwave antenna on a chimney, wall or roof slope which faces onto, and is visible from, a highway, or on a building which exceeds 15 metres in height
- The demolition of garden walls, gates and fences
Please note: A dwelling house does not include a building containing one or more flats - or a flat contained within such a building.
Flats do not have the same development rights as 'dwelling houses'
Please contact us for advice if there is any doubt that planning permission is needed.
The size of commercial extensions that may be carried out without specific planning permission is also more restrictive.
Commercial premises have fewer 'permitted development' rights than dwelling houses in any case.
Most external alterations require planning permission - such as replacement of timber sash windows with UPVC windows.