House extension veranda - do they have any planning issues?
If your house extension incorporates a veranda within the design then the planners will consider this
aspect very carefully. First floor verandas to house extensions are probably the most contentious with
regard to planning issues. Planners seem to think you have nothing better to do all day than to sit outside
with your table and chairs watching and reporting on all the neighbours activities within their private
Therefore, if your property or house extension scheme that includes the veranda has any
overlooking aspect into private rear amenities of neighbouring properties then the planning usually ask you to
remove that element of the house extension design.
As a general rule of thumb, the higher the veranda (part of a loft conversion for example) the more overlooking
opportunities there are for it to be considered contentious.
However, if you are fortunate enough to be within a rural environment enjoying open countryside view for example
from the house extension veranda or your property is on a very spacious plot with good boundary screening avoiding
any overlooking aspects from the veranda then you will probably be OK with incorporating a veranda into the house
Some verandas are formed at the ground floor level we tend to call them terracing in the UK. A ground
floor veranda is perhaps a design element that is covered by a roof structure. Over-sailing the roof design
onto posts and providing some raised decking underneath is a classic veranda design that is very rarely contentious
with the planners in the UK.
Remember however, that any roof overhang adjacent a habitable room window will affect the light entering
that room so the compromise of many veranda house extension designs is the potential loss if light.