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AREAS OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY

Obtaining Planning Permission in a Conservation Area or in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) can sometimes cause a few problems when trying to get Local Authority Planning Officers to approve conservatory or orangery designs. Similar problems can be encountered in Conservation Areas that are designated and managed by Local Authorities.

Conservatories for Listed Buildings

The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of 40 AONBs in England and Wales, stretching south from Lowestoft to the river Stour, the AONB protects heathland, reed beds, salt-marsh and mud-flats. It is deeply indented by the estuaries of the Blyth, Alde, Deben, Orwell and Stour and is one of the most important wildlife areas in Britain including three National Nature Reserves, many Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the RSPB’s Minsmere Reserve.

There are probably 12-15,000 homes within this ANOB and if yours is one of them, or even overlooks one, you will need to apply for Planning Consent for your conservatory. You should check this with your local council if you live in one or near any of these towns or villages:


ACHIEVING SUCCESS WITH YOUR PLANNING APPLICATION

Planning Officers will usually look more favourably at applications if local materials are used. You can ask your designer, architect or builder for advice on this. They will usually recommend the use of natural local stone for any brickwork and natural timber, such as oak, rather than man-made materials.

The design may also be important. Choosing a design that is in harmony with your home or is characteristic of the local architecture may find more favour with the Planning Officer you have to deal with. It is also worth taking the time to look at how other conservatories have been built close to you so that you can get some design cues from them.

If you need further advice or wish to start on the Planning Approval process Contact Us now.

Telephone 08456 442257Contact Us at Oak Conservatories
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