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Revised Planning Laws Give You More Room For Improvement

Adding more space and realising your dream home with a new conservatory or orangery from West Yorkshire Windows will be even easier this summer when legislation permitting larger home extensions – crucially without the need for planning consent – comes into force on 30 May 2013.

Essentially, if the planned extension is single storey and located to the rear of the property – a brief which fits the large majority of installed conservatories and orangeries – then homeowners can extend to twice the size that was permitted by previous legislation without planning permission. This affords homeowners the luxury of extending 6 metres from the rear wall of an attached property, such as a semi-detached or terraced property and 8 metres from the rear wall of a detached property, without being delayed or restricted by an application for planning permission. The previous limits were 3 metres and 4 metres respectively.

The maximum height permitted has remained at 4m for a single storey extension but in West Yorkshire Windows’ 19 years of experience this has rarely ever posed a restriction on the design of their classic and contemporary conservatories and orangeries.

Instead of an application for planning permission, a Neighbour Consultation Process will take place but this will be conducted by the Local Authority and in many cases will be a formality, unless one of your directly adjoining neighbours feels that there is an ‘unacceptable impact on neighbours amenity’ and formally states this within 21 days of being notified of the plan. In this unlikely event, the Local Authority will make a ruling.

The introduction of this legislation literally gives you much more room for improvement if you decide to invest in your home. It’s been well documented that many homeowners are choosing to ‘improve rather than move’ and there’s simply never been a better time to do this, thanks to both the relaxed planning legislation and West Yorkshire Windows’ fantastic Summer Offers.

Thanks to modern and innovative glazing materials which help to regulate the temperature whatever the weather, conservatories and orangeries now act as room for all year round and an increasing number of homeowners are now relocating kitchens, dining rooms, offices and children’s play areas into their West Yorkshire Windows conservatory or orangery – a trend that will surely be encouraged to continue with the Government’s new stance on planning permission.

Home Improvement Buying Guide For Consumers

Putting your home in the hands of others is something you may be extremely reluctant to do, but if you want to invest in regular home improvements it is an essential prerequisite. Hiring the right type of firm is all-important if you want a job to be done properly and there still remains a very small club of installers who are just after a quick buck.

To avoid them we suggest you pay attention to the following list of suggestions:

Ask around

Speaking to friends and family, particularly if you have never employed the services of a home improvement before, is essential. They may be able to recommend a company that they have used themselves which may reduce the risk of things going wrong. When online, look out for review sites to see what people are saying about installers in your area.


It is very easy for an installer to go out of business and reform under a different moniker. Check out the company history of a firm to make sure that they have been in existence for at least 10 years as this will usually be the minimum length of any product guarantees they provide.


Never accept the first quote you get. Shop around, obtaining at least 3-4 quotes so that you can get a better idea of which offers you the best deal on orangeries in Leeds, double glazing in Leeds or conservatories in Leeds.


Any good installer should have their own showroom where you can view and explore their full range of products and speak to a member of their installation team. ‘Try before you buy’ and you are less likely to end up with a product that fails to live up to expectations.

Stay on your guard, but remember that most home improvement companies can be trusted to turn your home into something special.


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