Planning permission for perspex in railings

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    Planning permission for perspex in railings

    I live in a lower ground floor flat in a house converted into six flats. The building is in a conservation area.

    In strong winds leaves and rubbish are blown from the street through the railings and into the area immediately outside my flat.

    I would therefore like to install clear perspex panels attached to the railings to prevent items from being blown through them. The panels would be about 32cm tall and attached with top quality and inconspicuous fittings.

    Would I need planning permission for this - the Council planning website is not clear on this?

    #2
    Probably yes in a conservation area but the council will only take enforcement action if someone complains, or a council officer spots it, so weigh up the chances of that happening.

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      #3
      Many thanks - this is very helpful.

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        #4
        In my experience conservation planners are only concerned with a change of appearance so as long as the railings stay the same then you adding some clear perpex inside, then this shouldn't offend them. Best to seek their advice.

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          #5
          You do not need any more planning permission than that already granted in Schedule 2, Part 2, Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.
          Minor operations
          Class A – gates, fences, walls etc
          Permitted development
          A. The erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration of a gate, fence, wall or
          other means of enclosure.
          Development not permitted
          A.1 Development is not permitted by Class A if—
          (a) the height of any gate, fence, wall or means of enclosure erected or constructed adjacent to a highway used by vehicular traffic would, after the carrying out of the development, exceed—

          (i) for a school, 2 metres above ground level, provided that any part of the gate, fence, wall or means of enclosure which is more than 1 metre above ground level does not create an obstruction to the view of persons using the highway as to be likely to cause danger to such persons;
          (ii) in any other case, 1 metre above ground level;

          (b) the height of any other gate, fence, wall or means of enclosure erected or constructed would exceed 2 metres above ground level;

          (c) the height of any gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure maintained, improved or altered would, as a result of the development, exceed its former height or the height referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) as the height appropriate to it if erected or constructed, whichever is the greater; or
          (d) it would involve development within the curtilage of, or to a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure surrounding, a listed building.
          Interpretation of Class A

          A.2 For the purposes of Class A, “school” includes—
          (a) premises which have changed use under Class S or T of Part 3 of this Schedule (changes
          of use) to become a state-funded school or registered nursery as defined in paragraph X of
          Part 3; and
          (b) a building permitted by Class C of Part 4 of this Schedule (temporary buildings and uses)
          to be used temporarily as a school, from the date the local planning authority is notified as
          provided in paragraph C.2(b) of Part 4.

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