External works to houses in conservation areas
On 29 March 2023, members agreed changes to the Council’s constitution and scheme of delegation.
The new scheme will be applied to applications with a Statutory Start Date of 30 March 2023 or later. The changes are:
- 10 or more objections will be required to trigger a planning committee meeting
- A scheme with an amenity society objection will be referred to a Chairs’ Review meeting
house extensions to the side
house extension to the rear greater than single storey,
the cladding of any part of the exterior,
any addition or alteration to the roof,
the erection to the side of the house of an ancillary building e.g. a garden shed,
the erection of chimneys, flues or soil and vent pipes to front or side elevations fronting a highway.
the installation of an antenna (satellite dish) on a chimney, wall or roof slope which faces a highway and is visible from a highway. Also on buildings taller than 15 metres.
the installation of solar photovoltaic or solar thermal equipment on to wall elevations visible from a public place.
Control of works to flats and commercial properties in conservation areas
Flats or subdivided houses do not have permitted development rights and must seek planning permission to undertake changes to the exterior. This includes alterations such as such the erection of a satellite dish or replacing windows or doors. Commercial properties have limited development rights and are advised to seek informal advice from Planning Information Services before undertaking any works.
Applying for planning permission
Application forms can be collected from the Planning Information Services Desk or are available to download on our website and from the Planning Portal. Alternatively you can email Planning Information Services and ask for the forms to be sent or emailed to you.
Government legislation now requires any application affecting heritage assets (for example, buildings in conservation areas, listed buildings and locally listed building) to be accompanied by a heritage statement. Lewisham Council has produced information on how to write heritage statements, to view this guidance use the link below.
For more information on issues affecting your home such as climate change, maintenance and repairs go to the websites below.