following are some of the most common grey and not so grey areas
we are asked about. In almost all instances listed below, other
rules and criteria exist - what we have attempted is to clarify
the most common instances.
INFORMATION - PLANNING & BUILDING CONTROL
Wall: When is it a requirement?
Firewall consist of?
Why do I
need a Firewall?
the name 'Firewall' suggests its purpose
is to retard the progress of a fire. As a 'Boundary' wall its
purpose is to provide you and your neighbour with greater
Firewall require planning consent?
- No. It does
however require a Building Warrant. top
neighbour object to a Firewall?
merit only, with regard to a Building Warrant application. It
is also worthy to note that it is possible that you agreed
within your house purchase missive to notify neighbours of any
development, and in some instances, also to get their written
When do I need
a Building Warrant?
- When the
proposed Conservatory/Porch exceeds 8m2
- When the
proposed Conservatory/Porch is less than 8m2
building on the Boundary
creating a new door opening and a new support lintel is
converting an existing window that requires the removal of
Do I require
occasions when Planning Consent is required.
- Your house
is a listed building or is within a conservation area
- The location
of the conservatory overlooks a road or pathway. (Even if it
is separated with a fence/wall or trees or shrubs)
- The original
house has been developed i.e. has an extension, loft
conversion with dormer windows, a garage or other outbuilding
less than 5m from the house
exceeds 4m and is sited within 2m of a boundary
instances we submit a copy of the Building Warrant application
drawing to the Planning section for their perusal. If it is
decided that no formal planning consent is required, a letter of
confirmation is issued by the Local Authority, which would be
retained by you. top
Can we build
over a sewer pipe?
approval of the local Water Board. The Water Board would conduct
their own survey prior
to granting permission. Recent experience has been that the
expense of the survey is borne by the Water Board. top
Can I build a
Conservatory on a roof or an upper level?
appropriate local Authority Approval. A main concern that
has always to be addressed in these applications is that of
'overlooking', i.e. the effect the construction would have on the
privacy of neighbouring properties and also the users. top
Authority Building Control and Planning sections are happy to
answer your questions, they are however limited in the accuracy of
their answers without the benefit of a site visit or seeing an
accurate site plan. top