Do I need Planning Permission – Replace Cottage in Conservation Area

Do I need Planning Permission – Replace Cottage in Conservation Area

Do I Need Permission - Ask An Expert A wooden cottage has stood on .4 of an acre of land in a Conservation Area for nearly 70 years. This cottage has now deteriorated to the point of collapse and is in effect an eyesore.
The owners would like to simply replace the cottage with a wooden lodge type build on the exact same footings as original. It is understood that they may allow a 10-20% increase in footings, if desired.
As the cottage has stood for 70 years…is it subject to “planning permission” rules.
Can we simply replace like for like. Thereby enhancing the Conservation Area for future generations.
Question Posted By – Lorna Young In Area – West Central Scotland

  1. Michael HydeMichael Hyde03-24-2014

    Hello Lorna

    The cottage would be subject to the normal range of planning controls, and Conservation Area Consent would be required for its demolition (I’m assuming that it is not a listed building?). Any replacement cottage (or lodge) would need planning permission, and the Planning Authority would need to make sure that with respect to its design it either preserves or enhances the character or appearance of the Conservation Area. Assuming that the plot is of a reasonable size you should be able to replace the existing building with a slightly larger one.

    Regards

    Mike

  2. Chris BerryChris Berry03-25-2014

    Planning consent is required to demolish a building in a conservation area. It is also my opinion that consent will be required for the new build even if it is like for like. In this instance I would consult direct with the planning authority for a definitive answer.

    Please contact me direct if I can be of further assistance.

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