Front Porch

October 14, 2020 by Anna B in forum Planning Forum

#839 Anna B, 14 October 2020, 16:53

Any advise; I want to build a new front porch within the 3sqm etc required for it to be included in permitted development HOWEVER I don’t want to keep the front door between the original front of the house and new porch - am I best to seek building regulation consent for this or just go ahead and put in planning permission for essentially a front extension?

#840 Damian, 14 October 2020, 18:21

Firstly, Permitted Development (Planning) and Building Regulations are completely separate.

If the ‘external’ floor area does not exceed 3sq.m and 3m height and you have at least 2m to the boundary/highway, it’s PD.

If you retain the original front door, it’s exempt from BR’s. Once you remove that door or replace it with an internal quality door, it’d need BR’s as it’d be classed as a single storey front extension. Without BR’s, it could be built as a single skin and un-insulated structure. With BR’s, all elements will need insulating, etc...

#841 Anna B, 15 October 2020, 12:07

Thank you for your reply. Yes that’s what I took from the research I did; I was just trying to get around whether it works out easier/cheaper to get planning permission for a front extension, or building regulation consent for removing the door, either way it will be built with all the required insulation.

#842 Damian, 15 October 2020, 15:22

Why do you think you require Planning?

Your question should be whether you go down the BR exemption route for a porch or a single storey front extension.

#843 Anna B, 15 October 2020, 18:30

I would require planning permission for a front extension wouldn’t I?

#844 Damian, 15 October 2020, 23:01

But it’ll be no more than 3sq.m and will over or in front of your front door, i.e. a porch?

You’re of course welcome to submit a Planning application for a single storey front extension. Bear in mind you’ll have to pay the application fee of £206.00, the PP service charge of £25.00, the fee for an OS map and the other fees required to produce both existing and proposed drawings; unless you’ll be doing those yourself?

How and why would Planning know if you are retaining or removing the original front door? If it came up when you sell, put it back in. If it’s over 4 years, it’s considered lawful. That’s assuming if it’s picked up at all.

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