Planning required for balcony?

February 21, 2011 by Jennifer in forum Planning Forum

#55 Jennifer, 21 February 2011, 11:59

We're interested in buying a top floor purpose built flat.

The original design meant some flats had balconies others didn't.

I wonder if it's worth applying for planning permission for a balcony to be added.
Any advice?
Thank you

#57 andrew simons, 23 February 2011, 17:40

Hi Jennier,
You raise an interesting point. In design/planning terms, there would often be a reason as to why a balcony hasn't been added to that particular property and normally, that decission would be down to the aesthetics; namely how it would look. In planning terms, the issue would be down to avoiding potential overlooking of adjoining properties. Would a balcony at your property lead to overlooking? The easiest way of getting a definitive answer is to contact your local planning authority by sending them a rough sketch of what you intend doing together with a photo of the existing elevation. Should they say that in principle, that is acceptable, it is likely that you will have to submit a planning application as flats do not have permitted development rights.

#249 mr hargreaves, 8 September 2012, 15:17

balcony ive been turned down but have good references from all my neighbours how can the councel do this whithout taking them into account ive had a double extention and my friends love it and the balcony would be the icing on the cake as they say ,plus its ready to go up and would look great

#393 pamela, 9 September 2014, 11:10

Balconies - do I need planning permission to improve and extend an existing balcony on a 1940's semi-detached house. All the other houses in the vicinity have balconies, but not extended. We are the last house in the road with a corner plot.

#409 lawrence duff, 27 March 2015, 13:59

do I need to get planning permission for replacing an existing window in aground floor flat with a door, the door will be the exact same width as the window only removing bottom part to floor level

#425 warren, 9 June 2015, 17:14

Hi I have had an extension to my house all under planning. I have had planning permission to convert my property from a bungalow into a house with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. their is a flat roof extension to the rear aspect of which one of the upstairs bedrooms overlooks.

I had permission from planning to have a window in overlooking my rear garden. Could I change this to a juliet balcony without planning or even better use the flat roof theat has been constructed to be able to walk on as a balcony.

I overlook my rear garden and could view into neighbours rear gardens also, I could do this from a window though I suppose?

#443 Cathy, 7 September 2015, 15:27

I have a flat roof which I am putting down composite decking a hot tub and a balcony that is screened at one side at 1.6 metres.

The extension itself was permitted development but apparently a
Neighbours has complained our roof is not as per plan. We were going to do retrospective planning for the balcony.

#489 Vicky, 31 July 2016, 19:55

We would like to add a balcony on our house as there is gorgeous views from our bedroom window over the sea. What sort of permission do we need? We would like french doors from the bedroom onto a balcony about 2m x 1m. We overlook the roofs of bungalows but are far enough away as any privacy of the bungalows in front would be kept. In our are there are lots of properties with balconies, although none in our particular road.

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