Conservation areas in Scotland are designated areas of special architectural or historic interest that contribute to the unique character and charm of Scotland’s towns and cities. As a homeowner in a conservation area, it is crucial to understand the planning constraints that may apply to your property and any home improvement projects you have in mind.

In this article, we have covered everything you need to know about building and living in conservation areas throughout Scotland. 

• Planning Permission in Conservation Areas

In Scotland, planning permission is required for most householder developments in conservation areas. This includes house extensions, roof alterations, garages, replacement windows and doors, even satellite dishes, walls, fences, gates, and the provision of a hard surface for any purpose. Although it’s important to note that this list is not exhaustive, and there may be other developments that require planning permission.

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Before starting any work, it is advisable to contact your local planning authority to determine if you need planning permission. They will provide guidance specific to your property and the conservation area in which it is located. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to planning permission, as carrying out work without permission can result in legal consequences.

Alternatively, if you are looking to install conservatories, orangeries, garden rooms or house extensions, you may find our recent guide on planning permissions helpful. We have covered the general consensus on how to determine whether you need planning permission, when you will need one as well as SRJ’s step-by-step process for handling planning permissions. 

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• Demolition in Conservation Areas

If you are considering demolishing an unlisted building, gate, wall, or fence within a conservation area, you may need conservation area consent. This consent ensures that any changes or demolitions are appropriate and sympathetic to the area’s character. It is important to consult with your local planning authority before undertaking any demolition work to determine if consent is required.

Working with SRJ Windows

Here at SRJ Windows, thanks to our decades of experience, we understand the unique challenges and requirements of homeowners living in conservation areas. We offer a range of double glazed home improvement products that are designed to enhance the aesthetics and energy efficiency of your home while respecting the character and charm of the conservation area.

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Our range of replacement windows and doors is available in a variety of styles and finishes to suit the architectural character of your property. We can provide guidance on selecting the most appropriate products that meet the planning constraints of your conservation area while still achieving your desired aesthetic.

In addition to our double glazed windows and doors, we also offer other home improvement products such as conservatories and orangeries. These can be designed and tailored to complement the existing architecture of your home and the conservation area in which it is located.

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Home Improvement Projects in Conservation Areas With SRJ Windows

If you are a homeowner living in a conservation area in Scotland and are considering home improvements, we encourage you to get in touch with our friendly team at SRJ Windows. We can provide expert advice and guidance on navigating the planning constraints in conservation areas and help you find the best solutions for your home. 

As well as that, we understand that it can be a difficult and confusing process to fully grasp planning constraints in conservation areas. So we will do our very best to make it an easy process for our valuable customers and handle the legal requirements for installing in conservation areas with your local council. 

conservation area windows and doors

To get started with your new home improvement project in conservation areas with SRJ Windows, get an online quote. Simply pick from our double glazing range, whether that is conservatories, sunrooms, windows or doors. Alternatively, get in touch with us if you need any help deciding which home improvement project is right for your property in a conservation area or discuss any other enquiries you may have. We look forward to hearing from you & enhancing your unique home in conservation areas across Scotland. 

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