Do You Need Planning Permission for a New Gate?
A security gate is an ideal way to protect your home or business, restricting vehicle access and reducing the likelihood of an unwanted intruder trespassing on your property. Whilst there are numerous benefits to installing security gates and barriers, some people may be put off by the thought of the paperwork involved.
But is planning permission actually needed for a new gate? The team at Astra Security Systems is here to answer all your burning questions and talk you through the process.
What is planning permission?
To put it simply, planning permission is the approval required from your local planning authority before carrying out any construction work. This can include building a new structure, extending your property or changing the use of your building. Whilst this may seem like unnecessary paperwork, these regulations are in place for a reason: to put a stop to illegal construction work, prevent disturbance to neighbours and protect the environment. If you make alterations to your property without obtaining the necessary planning permissions, you may be ordered to revert any changes made and can potentially be subject to prosecution if you refuse.
Do I need planning permission for a new gate?
The question of whether or not you need planning permission for your new gate depends on a variety of factors:
- Is it a new gate? If you’re installing a completely new gate, you will not require planning permission if your gate is less than one metre high. If your gates open onto a private road, this limit is then extended to two metres high.
- Is it replacing an existing gate? If you’re essentially just updating your gate and replacing it with one of a similar height or smaller, you will not require planning permission. However, if your new gate will be significantly larger than your existing one, you will likely require planning permission as this may no longer fall under permitted development rights.
- Where do you live? Conservation areas are sites of architectural or historical significance that have been judged worthy of protection. Should your property be located inside one of these areas, you will likely be subject to much harsher regulations. This means that any aesthetic change to the exterior of your property will require approval, the only exception being if you are replacing an existing gate with an exact replica. You must also seek planning permission if you live in or on the grounds of a listed building, as any changes may affect the character or appearance of this historical site.
If you’re looking to install new security gates but you’re unsure whether you need planning permission, you should always consult your local planning authority for advice to prevent any inadvertent planning breaches.
How to get planning permission
If your new gate is deemed to need planning permission, don’t let this put you off — the process is actually very simple!
The first step is to contact your local planning authority through your local council. They will then direct you to the Planning Portal, where you will fill out an online application form. If you’re ever unsure of what to do, the Planning Portal website is packed with useful guides and tips to help you on your way. Once the form has been completed, you’ll be required to pay the application fee and submit a number of supporting documents, including the ownership certificate and site plans.
Once your request has been submitted, the only thing left to do is wait for the local planning authority to assess your application and come to a decision.
Benefits of security gates and barriers
Security gates and barriers bring a multitude of benefits to any property, including:
- Enhanced security: Acting as the ultimate visual deterrent against any would-be intruders, security gates can also be paired with access control systems to allow greater control over just who enters your property.
- Privacy: Security gates make it harder for outsiders to view inside your property, affording you some extra privacy.
- Safety: It’s not just the security benefits you gain, as gates and barriers are perfect if you have young children or pets that have a tendency to wander out onto the street.
- Long-term investment: Whilst security gates are an investment, they can actually save you money in the long run by potentially increasing property value and reducing insurance premiums — you may even recoup the cost of your investment.
Here at Astra Security Systems, we supply, install and maintain high-quality security gates and barriers at homes and businesses across Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford and beyond, With over 40 years of experience, we’re a trusted name throughout the Kent region and our SSAIB-certified team provide exceptional service at all times.
Contact us today to discuss your project in more detail.