To be honest, it’s difficult to give a straightforward answer to that question, as it depends on so many different variables. Planning permission has quite a broad-ranging remit - it exists to prevent any development that might have a negative impact on any sites of historic interest, the local character of an area, and its environmental health. It’s also concerned with protecting the public’s interests, including the use of (and enjoyment of) public spaces and facilities, as well as the privacy of their own dwellings. So if you were building, say, a timber deck that would inadvertently allow you to see over your neighbour’s fence, your planning permission application would likely get rejected, as it would affect their enjoyment of their own space. So then, how does all this apply to electric gate kits? Well, electric gates can affect their surroundings in two main ways - through their appearance and aesthetics, and their function. While obviously we can’t talk about your specific gates in detail here on the blog, we can cover some general guidelines that you should find helpful.
General things to knowTypically, if you’re thinking about doing any kind of building work on your property, you’ll need to at least think about making a request for planning permission from your local planning authority; normally your local council. Bear in mind that permissions will vary between different authorities from region to region. You’ll need to apply for planning if you want to erect (or add to) a fence, wall or gate if any of the following apply:
- If your new installation would be more than a metre high, and situated next to a highway used by vehicles, or a footpath attached to one of these highways
- If your new installation would be more two metres high anywhere else
- If your right to put up or alter fences, walls and gates is removed by an Article 4 planning direction or planning condition
- If the property is a listed building, or in the curtilage of a listed building
- If your installation (or any boundary relating to it) forms a boundary with an adjacent listed building or its curtilage