TerraQuest News

- Aug 2022

Do I need planning permission for insulation?

Having a poorly insulated home could mean an increase in heating bills, which is not ideal with the current rise in living costs. Insulation is material designed to prevent heat or sound from being transmitted from one area to another. Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs but also improves comfort.

Do I need planning permission for insulation?

Planning permission is not normally required for fitting insulation (where there is no change in external appearance). However, if the building is listed or is in a conservation area you should consult your local planning authority.

The main side effects of having poor insulation

Cold air can inflame the lungs and inhibit circulation. This increases the risk of respiratory conditions, such as asthma attacks or symptoms, worsening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and infection.

  • Increases your carbon footprint

Insulating your home properly helps the environment. Reducing the amount of energy that you use helps the earth and saves you money as well.

  • Negative impact on home’s value

Proper insulation will help your home retain its value. It works behind the scenes to keep your home dry and comfortable. The attic space of your home being properly insulated can help you avoid costly physical damage to your home.

Cold house in poorly insulated home

5 signs you have poor insulation in your home

  1. Your energy bills are sky-high.
  2. Your home has a problem with birds, rats, mice, squirrels in the loft.
  3. You have damp and mould
  4. You are constantly needing to adjust your heating/it never seems to be warm enough.
  5. You have frozen pipes

Save time and money with our location and site plan service

Most planning applications need a location plan which shows the proposal in its surrounding context and a site plan (also known as a block plan) which shows the development in more detail. It needs to display any roads and/or buildings on land adjoining the application site.

You can create and buy your location and site plans and attach them to your online application. If you are not sure whether your plans are suitable or require further assistance you should contact your Local Planning Authority for advice.

Site and location plan

Understanding planning rules with TerraQuest's Interactive House

Our interactive experience explains the permitted planning rules and building regulations for over 50 common projects around the home that apply to detached, semi-detached, terrace, flats and shops.

Integrative house for planning permission


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