Recently in Watford and the surrounding areas the council seems to be having a clamp down on TV satellite dishes and associated hardware in conservation areas, with letters being sent to “offenders” we have been called out to a few properties to move these dishes to an approved place.
It would be easier and cheaper to fit dishes correctly in the first place, and surely keeping your house in keeping with the area can only be of benefit to you in aesthetics and property value.
There are planning considerations in the fitting of TV aerials and satellite dishes on all properties, but is rarely an issue for the normal domestic installation and will be covered in another post.
For conservation areas the rule are hard and fast and can be seen here: Planning for Sat dishes
If your house is in a conservation area, you do not need planning permission to install a satellite dish onto the house as long as:
- there is no more than two dishes on the property overall;
- A single dish is not more than 1m in any direction (not including LNB arm)
- Any secondary dish is not more then 0.6m in any direction (not including LNB arm)
- Cubic capacity of each individual dish is no more than 35 litres;
- any dish fitted onto a chimney stack is not more than 0.6m in any direction;
- a dish mounted on the roof only sticks out above the roof when there is a chimney-stack. In this case, the antenna should not stick out more than 0.6m above the highest part of the roof, or above the highest part of the chimney stack, whichever is lower.
- Importantly any dish installed at any point of the property is not installed on a chimney, wall, or a roof slope which faces onto, and is visible from, a road or a Broads waterway.
This is not very limiting to a good dish installer, but your usual Sky dish installer may not be aware of either the planning rules or even that your property is within such a designated area. So it is up to you the homeowner to make sure you comply, and it will be you who will need to fix when the issue arises.
This is something we can easily assist or advise with there are not many issues we cannot solve and have experience with some rather trick hardware to hide dishes in patio lights, create “invisible” sat dishes with a printed vinyl cover etc…
Feel free to contact us any time with your satellite / sky dish and planning consent problems here: Satellite dish installation.