All you need to know about planning permission


Our Ultra Installers have an in-depth understanding of conservatories, orangeries and house extensions. Rather than using a series of expensive experts like architects, builders and electricians that can be stressful to manage, you will be able to use your Ultra Installer as a single point of contact throughout the process: from design to build.


It's always better to check than to go ahead, as planning departments can be ruthless if they discover that a regulation has not been adhered to and may even demand that the roof is removed! Signing off of planning permission is usually appointed to your local council, so make sure you get in touch with them for any help you may need in regards to solid roof planning permission and process.


At Durham Design, as registered Ultra Installers we have an in-depth understanding of design and building of house extensions, conservatories and orangeries. Additions to your home like these, are a great addition and here at Durham Design we are a single point of contact throughout the process from design, planning permission, building Regulations to build. There are a number of questions that may be going through your head, when thinking about this matter but there's no need to worry! We are here to talk you through the ins and outs of what planning permission entails.


The first question that may come to your mind what actually is planning permission? If you're considering getting the work done, it is vital to consult with a suitably experienced professional, as factors such as the size of the project, the extension/conservatory's position, its height and construction materials can all mean that planning permission must be sought. Sometimes, the thing that could seem irrelevant to obtaining planning permission could turn out to be the determining factor. This system is in place to prevent any inappropriate or unwanted developments taking place. Here at Durham Design, we take care of the red tape too and will deliver the project on time and on budget, having agreed on a price and schedule of works.


Once you've have applied for planning permission, your local authority will take 6-8 weeks to come to a decision. Most regular householder applications will be dealt with within this timeframe. There are a variety of factors that come into consideration when applications are being decided on. Some of the factors that are usually considered include parking, listed buildings and loss of privacy. Although there are certain things that could lead to permission being denied, around 75% of applications in England are accepted. In the event of your application being denied, you can resubmit after making amendments, or even appeal. In fact, around 40 per cent of householder applications that are refused, have the decision overturned at appeal and permission granted. Planning permission tends to be granted for 3 years, so there is no need to rush with any work being carried out!


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