Do I Need Planning Permission For A Conservatory On A Bungalow?
Are you living in a bungalow that is in dire need of some additional space?
Conservatories are a great way of expanding a properties size without any expensive structural changes to the house, providing the room you need without any of the worry about moving to a new house just for the sake of an extra room.
However, living in a bungalow comes with allowances that have to be taken into consideration when having anything installed.
Planning permission and building regulations can be different for bungalows than more traditional, multiple storey properties.
Do you need planning permission to install a conservatory into a bungalow? And what planning regulations are in place
Do You Need Planning Permission For A Bungalow Conservatory?
Planning permission can be a real hassle, and if often the reason why homeowners do not go through with their dream of having a conservatory or an extension installed onto their property. However, thanks to recent changes in legislation, it is now far easier to have a conservatory installed onto your property can ever before.
No matter what kind of property you have, if your conservatory is within certain regulations for the size and design of the structure, planning permission is often not needed at all before installation work can take place.
Conservatories are now classified as a ‘permitted development’, provided they are within certain parameters. For instance, to qualify as a permitted development, your conservatory:
– Must not cover more than half the land around the ‘original house’, which includes any additional structures such as sheds, garages or other conservatories. The definition of ‘original land’ is either how the property was originally built, or as it stood on the 1st July 1948.
– Cannot feature verandas, balconies or platforms
– Cannot be higher than four meters
– Cannot exceed the rea
– Must not be higher than the highest point of your properties main roof.
This height limitation can be tricky for bungalows, which have far lower eaves than more traditional properties, meaning that you need to take into account the height of your main property’s roof so that you can be sure that your conservatory’s roof does not go above it.
Bungalow Conservatory Regulations
While it is easy to assume that Planning Permission and Building Regulations are the same thing, they are two very separate things that each need to be taken into account when having a conservatory installed onto your property.
While planning permission can be avoided, building regulations need to be met by every single installation done onto a property, from windows and doors to extensions and roofs. Building regulations are there to ensure the safety of the installation team and also anyone living in or around the property, making sure the installation is structurally sound and safe to live in.
As with planning permission, conservatories for bungalows are basically the same as those for traditional houses, although some additional allowances may have to be made due to their limited height. To comply with building regulations, conservatories:
– Must be built at ground level
– Cannot exceed 30 square meters in floor area
– Must have an independent heating systems, such as radiators, featuring on-off controls.
– Must have an external door between the interior of the property and the conservatory, with any knocking through needing to be approved by your local planning regulation group.
– Must have glazing and electrical wiring that complies with applicable building requirements.
For more information on the building regulations for conservatories, please visit the UK government’s Planning Portal, or speak to your local planning authority who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about planning permission or regulations.
Bungalow Conservatory Designs
When getting a conservatory for your property, the design should not only suit the look of your overall property, but also your own personal taste.
Conservatories are a great match for both traditional and contemporary properties, with a sleek and modern design that is the right mixture of minimalist and ornate.
There are several different designs for conservatories, most of which are freely able to be installed onto practically any kind of property, including bungalows.
Victorian – One of the more ornate designs, Victorian conservatories feature a multi-faceted shape that has a 3-5 windowed bay that acts as a perfect circular suntrap for relaxation.
Opening out onto your outdoors area, your conservatory provides a classy throughway into your garden, while also allowing for relaxation inside no matter the weather.
Edwardian – With a sleeker, rectangular design, Edwardian conservatories are an excellent choice for anyone looking for an additional dining room or multi-purpose living space.
Able to act as an entirely separate room, as well as an extension on a pre-existing space, this design maximises the available floorspace to a large living space with great views.
Lean-To – If your property has small, compact or awkward space that you are worried may not be able to fit a conservatory, Lean-To conservatories are specially designed for your needs.
Able to be customised to fit awkward dimensions, while other conservatories have a set series of sizes, lean-to’s can be adapted to suit your specific needs.
Gable – An ornate design perfect for traditional properties looking to enhance their appearance with some Georgian class, a Gable conservatory provides a fantastic entrance way to and from the garden.
Bungalow Conservatory Roofing
While it may not be the first thing to pop into your mind when designing your conservatory, the roof for your conservatory is vitally important to both its overall look and its thermal performance.
Up until a few years ago, polycarbonate was the most popular option for conservatory roofs, but has since proven itself to be not as long lasting or as thermally secure as other options.
Glass roofs allow for large amounts of natural light to enter your property, perfect for if you want to make the most of the sun without any cold winds or fear of changing weather.
Solid roofs are a better choice if you want to give your conservatory a more room-like feel, being made up of interlocking solid panels as well as wide glazed panels for strategic natural light, or a classic tiled look to match the roof of your original property. With a ceiling that makes the interior space feel far more like a natural continuation of the rest of your property, they also provide excellent thermal insulation.
Tiled roofs are an alternative to solid roofs, having the same room-like feel, great thermal insulation and strategic natural light through roof and skylights, but they are also able to complement, if not match your properties original roof.
No matter whether you get a glass or a solid roof, the increased thermal performance they will give will end up helping to pay for themselves, saving you money on your heating bills and decreasing your carbon footprint.
Are you looking to get a brand new conservatory for your bungalow? Conservatories remain one of the most popular home improvement installation, and for good reason; with affordable prices, quick installation and a great classic yet sleek look, they are perfect for any kind of property.
That being said, how can you be sure that you are getting the very best conservatory for your property? And how much is it going to cost?
By using Conservatory Prices UK’s free online conservatory quotation calculator, you can design your very own bespoke conservatory for your bungalow from scratch, choosing from a number of different designs, materials, colours, windows, doors, roofs and additional features.
Once this design is to your liking, we will then pass it along to a number of local companies operating within your area, who will then be in contact with you to offer competitive quotes for your installation work.
Our service is entirely zero obligation, allowing you to use it as many times as you want to ensure that you find the very best design.
For more information on what kind of conservatory you should get for your bungalow, feel free to contact us today through our online contact form.