As we continue to spend more time at home, feeling connected with nature is a consideration many homeowners are making with their renovation plans. Finding ways to make their home feel as light and spacious as possible without the added cost (and aggravation) or moving home. Orangeries are one such way to do this that bypasses the complexities of single-floor extensions or the traditional style of conservatories. Instead, they give you a large, glass-based room that makes you feel as if you’re sitting right in the heart of your garden. But, do you need planning permission when building one? Let’s learn more here.

What Is an Orangery?

You’ve likely heard of, and sat in, a conservatory at someone’s house. These extensions of your home were originally designed to help homeowners experience the beauty of their grounds from a covered space. Orangeries and conservatories are very similar in many aspects – they are ground-floor additions to homes that nestle into your garden. But there are some key differences.
Conservatories are glass structures with a brick base. They will generally feature a pitched and glazed roof. In contrast, orangeries are brick structures with very large class windows and tend to have a flat roof with a glass lantern on top. Many people opt for orangeries because they better suit the external style of their property. They are considered a cheaper option than a single-story building with the same strength and integrity. For this reason, it is often more feasible to control the temperature in an orangery and they can add value to your home (as much as 15% in some cases).

Do You Need Planning Permission?

Whether or not you need to apply for planning permission will depend largely on the design and size of your orangery. In general, they are considered a single-floor extension and will be subject to the same regulations and permissions. This means that you will likely be able to build an orangery under permitted development rights. However, if:
  • The extension sits on the front of the house or faces on to a road
  • More than 50% of the land around the original house will be covered by extensions
  • Or, they exceed dimensions set out by UK building regulations
You may need to apply for planning permission to ensure you remain within the confines of British law. In line with the updates released in 2019, the permitted development rights scope has increased, allowing more possibility for orangery design. However, we always recommend checking with an approved authority and working with a professional construction team, such as ours here at Castle Home Improvements.
To discuss your project and learn how an orangery can better the household experience for every member of your family, get in contact here today.