Lean to Pergola

October 1, 2020 by Neil Pat in forum Planning Forum

#814 Neil Pat, 1 October 2020, 19:12

Wondering if I need planning permission for a lean to pergola adding it to my extension.

Will be 2.8m high and 4.6m wide lean to the extension. 2 posts at the front and joist joining the the extension wall. Planning to put flat clear plastic sheets to the top as cover. Open on all sides.

Extension is already 2.4m out from the house.

Would I need planning permission.

Any advice appreciated.

House is in barking and dagenham Borough.


#819 Damian, 4 October 2020, 11:50

How far out would the pergola project beyond the rear extension wall? Is the dwelling listed or are you in a conservation area?

#833 Neil Pat, 5 October 2020, 20:54

Hi Damien.
Not listed building or in a conservation area.

Ahh I missed that out, will project 2.6 meters outward from extension outside wall


#834 Damian, 5 October 2020, 22:02

I have a feeling Planning may treat a pergola on the same PD criteria as an outbuilding. If it’s located within 2m of a boundary, it should not exceed 2.5m in overall height.

#835 Neil Pat, 5 October 2020, 23:07

Thanks Damian. Will check with local builders or the council.

I had feared it might kick up a stink with neighbours as it comes out too much or its high. No one has one on my street as far as I can see. Only extensions as far as 2.5meter.

Just thought a pergola won't be classed as building and only a covering/canopy.

Appreciate your reply.

#836 Damian, 6 October 2020, 07:14

Although not technically a pergola, some food for thought for what is still an open structure...


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