Celia Rufey answers your garden questions
Planning permission for a veranda
We would like to add a veranda to our house. Who could design one and would it need planning permission?
A veranda will need planning permission if your house is listed, in a conservation area or has been significantly extended since it was built. Check with your local planning office before going ahead. You could engage an architect who, besides designing a veranda sympathetic to the style of the house, could deal with any planning applications and supervise its construction. Or look at firms such as Veranda Living, which has designs based on a steel framework with a glazed roof and Lloyd Christie, which offers bespoke verandas with wood or metal posts and a glazed or metal roof. Both companies can assist with planning issues, too.
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