Greenbelt orangery success


Planning & Design Practice Ltd were very pleased to see permission granted for a new brick-built orangery extension on a greenbelt property in Lower Hartshay, a village in Derbyshire. Originally the dwelling would have been a small semi-detached traditional cottage, however the owner had previously extended to the side.

Typically planners like to limit green belt extensions to 40% on top of the original dwelling, which the existing extension in itself achieved. This permission shows the importance of a well-established and thought-out planning argument when it comes to submitting trickier applications.

An extension of this type would ordinarily be Permitted Development, not requiring of an application, were it positioned immediately behind the original house. However because the orangery is intended to be behind a previous side extension, an application was required. Its impact though, remains limited, it will not result in significant change to the scale or character of the dwelling or its surroundings. The flexibility afforded by the Government to homeowners to extend their properties to the rear is in recognition of the fact that rear extensions tend to have minimal impact on the street scene. This proposal will similarly have a minimal impact on the street scene, being shielded by the existing side extension and will be seen in the context of a village, not an isolated property in the countryside.

Planning & Design Practice Ltd is a multi-disciplinary team of Town Planners, Architects, Architectural Assistants and heritage specialists. We can take a project through from inception to completion, but we also offer the flexibility to engage a client’s own architects and provide a planning service, whilst our design team can also work with clients who have engaged other town planning professionals.

We recognise the importance of the built heritage in our towns, villages and rural areas and have the in-house expertise to ensure that proposals are designed sympathetically to conserve and enhance historic buildings and sites.

For a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your project or property, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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