We have installed conservatories and orangeries on many listed buildings throughout the UK. The key is to design a conservatory that complements not overwhelms the existing house, uses suitable materials and maybe replicates or reflects some existing features.
If you are meeting resistance from your local conservation officer please ask us for help and we may be able to put you in touch with a planning and listed building specialist.
In the meantime there is considerable case law involving this area and in the words of one Appeal Inspector:
"There can in my view, be no objection in principle to a suitably designed conservatory for a house which is lived in."
Unfortunately, PPG15 (Planning Policy Guidance note) gives no guidance for the design of extensions and English Heritage produce no literature either. We are left with examining Appeal decisions of which there have been over a hundred written reports involving Listed Buildings and Conservatories since 1985 in England & Wales.
PPG15, Para 3.15. "Achieving a proper balance between the special interest of a listed building and proposals for alterations or extensions is demanding and should always be based on specialist expertise; but it is rarely impossible, if reasonable flexibility and imagination are shown by all parties involved."
As a major designer and manufacturer of quality conservatories we have had considerable success in overcoming objections and providing acceptable solutions in sensitive locations.
Please click the link below to read some comments by Appeal Inspectors on the merits of building conservatories on listed buildings.