Not many London apartment owners realise you may need planning permission for air conditioning.
If you have been considering having an air conditioning system installed in your London-based apartment, but have been told that your chosen model would not abide by the rules and regulations that are in place for your building, it may feel like a hopeless situation.
Lucky for you, our Technical Director, Savva, explains why Cool You’s internal air conditioning does not need planning permission in our latest video.
How Cool You UK can help
Here at Cool You UK, we are experts in internal air conditioning solutions. We know how frustrating restrictions and planning permission can be on improving your living situation with a sought-after air conditioning system.
Part of the reason that we continue to be the market leaders when it comes to fully internal water-cooled air conditioning systems is that we pay close attention to detail in all areas of our installations and product designs.
What planning permission is needed?
When it comes to air conditioning, planning permissions from either your landlord, building manager or even the council, may be needed for installation.
Such issues have been thought through and dealt with numerous times by our engineers and designers, and our products avoid any damage to buildings or disturbances to neighbours with our fully internal systems.
Discreet is our middle name
An internal Cool You system has no external box and so generally doesn’t require planning permission.
This means that our systems won’t disturb your neighbours. Plus, our retrofitted installations ensures that we can be in and out of your apartment in just one day with very minimal disruption to your apartment as well as to your neighbours!
We ensure our systems are discreet and barely noticeable, so clients can get the best of both worlds: bypassing planning permission struggles, but also ensuring that their internal system does not obstruct their living situation.
‘Chill out’ when it comes to planning permission
Here at Cool You UK, we specialise in fully internal, water-cooled air conditioning systems for London apartments.
We make sure that our systems, from the planning to the site surveys to the final installation of the product, all abide by the rules and regulations that are in place on many buildings.
Therefore, it’s time to ‘chill out’ when it comes to planning permission!
Cool You UK’s core client
Our core client here at Cool You UK is a London apartment resident or owner. The reason we specialise in London apartments is due to their tendency to become very hot no matter the season.
Windows that don’t open, fears of noise or pollution, and ever-increasing insulation demands mean that these apartments often become extremely stuffy and overheated.
However, there are many strict regulations in place on the majority of London apartments, even if you own the apartment, and many air conditioning models do not abide by these rules. This is when the planning permission nightmare begins!
It is a common misconception that owning your apartment means you can modify it in any way that you see fit; however, even though the apartment may technically be yours, this is not necessarily the case.
You may not know that you don’t own any of the external parts of the building, which even extends to the terrace, and as many air conditioning systems require external condensers fitted outdoors, it can be extremely difficult to acquire planning permission for them due to the effect they can have on apartment buildings.
How does it look, and how does it sound?
There are rules in place regarding, firstly, the noise that an air conditioning system might make, as if it is installed outside, it might be disruptive to neighbours.
Secondly, restrictions are in place to maintain the look of the outside of many buildings, and unsightly installations will often not be allowed.
The particular restrictions are also similarly applied to listed buildings – a status which many London apartments have.
No penetrations to the outside of the building are allowed, which means our fully internal air conditioning systems do not affect the nature of these buildings, which we believe should be protected at all costs.
This means that our clients who live in listed buildings can enjoy the charm and character of their building, but still benefit from modern-day additions to their living situation.
Don’t stress about your air conditioning
Planning permission may seem like an impossible hurdle to overcome; however, at Cool You UK, our systems do not clash with the rules and regulations, as they are 100% internally fitted.
Our water-cooled internal condensers are installed inside your apartment, and we are trained to ensure that it will be so discreet and out of the way, that you won’t even notice it’s there! You will just enjoy the cool, regulated atmosphere of your apartment.
We really know our stuff
We are the market leaders in fully internal water-cooled air conditioning, meaning our installations are in line with the planning permission air conditioning has.
We are in contact with London-based clients on a daily basis, and we carry out site surveys regularly, meaning when it comes to discreet installation – which abides by all of the regulations – we really know our stuff. This why we are the correct choice when it comes to your air conditioning installation.
Our systems fit right in with your apartment
Not only do we follow the rules, but we also make sure that your system fits the look and feel of your apartment décor.
Our clients have the option of a sleek, white, wall-mounted system that is fitted high up on the wall and out of the way.
Alternatively, we provide a linear grill-style system, which is available in a range of finishes, and is also discreet and out of sight.
What questions should you be asking?
As with anything of this nature, our prospective clients will have to inquire with the building manager or leaseholder when making plans for air conditioning installation of any nature.
However, as we are extremely familiar with the process, having gone through it time and time again, we will be able to guide you as to what we feel you should be inquiring about in particular.
Get in touch!
Hopefully, we have shed some light on any doubts you may have had about having an air conditioning system installed.
If you have any further questions, or you would like to know more about how planning permission can affect your air conditioning installation decisions, our experts here at Cool You UK are highly skilled and knowledgeable in the field and will certainly be able to help you.
Give us a call or fill out our form and we will gladly advise you on anything you’re unsure about!