Detached properties and the 4 metre Planning Permission rule.
Is it fair that detached properties are only allowed conservatories of up to 4 metres in length before Planning Permission is required?
I am a strong believer in that neighbours should have protection in terms of natural daylight and over development, but the blanket 4 metre rule on detached properties still seems a little draconian to me. Surely there should be some sort of sliding scale or rule where it would depend on how far away from the boundary a new conservatory is to be positioned.
If a new conservatory is positioned say, a minimum of 3 meters away from the nearest neighbour, then surely this will not affect the neighbours daylight or have an over-bearing affect on the neighbours land, in fact, this may positively encourage homeowners to place their conservatories away from the boundary so they would be able to have a longer conservatory.
Most detached properties will have enough room for the homeowner to reasonably decide where a conservatory should be positioned. I don’t see why they should be lumped in together under the same planning rules, as people who live in semi-detached or terraced properties and don’t have the space to decide where a conservatory should be positioned.
The above comments are just my opinion and should be taken as such. Thanks.