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Tugman Studio

Hi MJ,

Again - not a simple answer. Is the conservatory to the rear or to one side of the house? Is the house in a conservation area? Was the conservatory built as an original part of the house or was it a subsequent extension? If subsequent, when was it built? How high from the ground are the eaves of the conservatory and how high is the highest point of the conservatory roof from the ground? What materials are you thinking to use for the extension that is to replace the conservatory? All these could be factors in whether or not you will need a planning application.

Suggest that you engage a professional that knows the in's and out's of the permitted development rules.

Hope this helps - Hugo

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sandifitz
There is rarely a photograph of the effect of a side extension on the back living room of a terraced house. The focus is invariably on the new, bright modern kitchen/dining area. Back rooms are mostly forgotten about. They’re often a bit dark to start with and so building over their only light source, even with a glass extension, reduces light further. When interior walls are removed in order to let in more light, heating becomes an issue and privacy is lost. The disadvantages of a side return extension are not captured in the glamorous photos.
   
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sandifitz

I have to disagree with you about heating being an issue in open-plan space - we are no longer Victorians with coal fires in each room.

Regarding your point on 'privacy', the vast majority of the home-owner customers I work with are not particularly concerned about privacy amongst their own family, but enjoy the additional interaction that open-plan (or 'broken-plan as per the new phrase) promotes.

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