New HardiePlank uPVC cladding low maintenance

When thermal insulation, weather resistance and exterior aesthetics are in need of a straightforward upgrade, high-quality external cladding expertly offers these benefits (and more) to homeowners across Kent. With this in mind, if this is a route you’re interested in taking its definitely time to address these commonly asked questions:

Does external cladding need planning permission in Kent?

Yes! If your home is located within a Conservation Area, a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, planning permission is required to apply any form of external cladding.

Yes! If you’re lucky enough to own a listed building, building consent is required to carry out any significant alterations both inside and outside.

No! In England, external cladding can be fitted without the need to apply for planning permission as long as none of the criteria above applies and the materials used are of a similar appearance to those used in the construction of the property.

Please be aware that planning policy in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland may differ.

Official External Walls Planning Permission Guidance

I’m not sure if the cladding materials are of a similar appearance to the property

If you’re unsure about anything, before starting any work it’s always best to contact your local planning department and go through your home renovation ideas together. If planning permission is needed, they will be able to advise accordingly.

Kent County Council planning applications

Maidstone Borough Council planning and building

What does external cladding do?

  • Strengthens the properties structure
  • Heightens resistance to cracking or warping
  • Increases thermal efficiency
  • Reduces carbon footprint & energy bills
  • Diminishes water or moisture absorption
  • Lessens damage from direct sunlight and high-winds
  • Protects against air and chemical pollution
  • Minimises external maintenance
  • Can limit the effects of exterior noise
  • Repels pests

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