Orangeries have been the highlight of the English garden since the 15th century. Inspired by the Roman structures used to grow citrus trees, these opulent home additions feature solid brick pillars and large glazed windows. They often have stone or brick bases and a lantern roof, giving them a distinct appearance as well as incredible insulation.
Do I need planning permission for an orangery?
You may have ambitions of building your very own garden oasis but have been concerned by orangery planning permission. We’re here to help you understand what, where and when you need planning permission.
Firstly, it’s important to note you can build a single-storey extension without needing planning permission as long as you stay within these parameters:
- The extension does not sit forward of the principal elevation
- Materials should be similar to the original structure
- Where it is within 2m of any boundary, the eaves cannot be higher than 3m, and no more than 4m in height otherwise
- Side extensions: The width of the extension must not be greater than half the width of the original
- Side extensions are not permitted on Article 1(5) Land (e.g. Conservation areas and AONB)
- Rear extensions: No more than 4m in depth (detached house) or 3m in depth (semi-detached/terrace)
While these parameters provide some helpful guidance it is worth consulting the www.planningportal.co.uk for a full list of parameters and limitations. Conservatories and orangeries can vary slightly. However, as a general rule of thumb, they have to be built lower than the rest of the property.
Check with your local planning authority
If you’re worried your design may not fit into these measurements then you should contact your local planning authority or LPA. Planning authorities can help you get the permission you need to build a new orangery, make any major change to a building such as an expansive extension, and, change the use of a building completely. Applications can be completed online to ensure you don’t waste too much time waiting for appointments or visits. Consulting a contractor is another way to ensure you don’t have to worry about breaking any property rules. Understanding your place in the law is a must before any work can begin.
With all of these regulations, it’s easy to get hung up on being too limited. However, while orangeries have a distinctive style all their own, we offer versatile options to ensure your orangery fits your needs. Traditional orangeries are defined by their feature brick columns, glass parapet and large floorplan. They are distinctive and feature good insulation with our superior products ensuring seals, windows and doors keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
At Stormclad, we can help you design an orangery, conservatory, extension or hybrid. Looking for an orangery with lean-to roofs? Maybe you want to employ a lantern roof to match the rest of your home, whatever the case, we’re ready and waiting to help you design your dream orangery or extension.
Contact us today for more information on orangeries or book a free consultation and one of our dedicated team members will stop by to help you find the perfect space for you.