Planning Electric Gates.

Planning is not only deciding on what style of gates you are going to have installed. It is your responsibility as the property owner to make sure that all local Planning regulations are complied with. We can of course help you with this. But until it is granted (if needed) you should not instruct to have electric gates installed. There are several things you will have to take into consideration. Clearly the style, size and location is going to play a part. There is some legislation that dictates that controlled access must have driveway available so that vehicles can exit the road. This is to avoid obstruction while waiting for the gates to fully open, more so if you are exiting a busy road.

However, planning shouldn’t be an obstacle if it is done with the right intention and the rules are followed. We have a vast experience in these matters and would be happy to help. So if you are in any doubt or feel that it is too much for you give us a call. Below is an excerpt that gives you a feel for the legislation.

Planning Permission

You will need to apply for planning permission if you wish to erect or add to a fence, wall or gate and:

It would be over 1 metre high and next to a highway used by vehicles (or the footpath of such a highway); or over 2 metres high elsewhere; or 

your right to put up or alter fences, walls and gates is removed by an article 4 direction or a planning condition; or 

your house is a listed building or in the curtilage of a listed building. 

the fence, wall or gate, or any other boundary involved, forms a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or its curtilage.

You will not need to apply for planning permission to take down a fence, wall, or gate, or to alter, maintain or improve an existing fence, wall or gate (no matter how high) if you don’t increase its height. In a conservation area, however, you might need conservation area consent to take down a fence, wall or gate.

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