Planning Permission

There are circumstances under which it will be necessary to obtain planning permission but, in the majority of cases, our standard units will not require planning permission because the height of the flat roof designs is below 3000mm and that of the pitched roof designs, below 4000mm.

In addition to living in a conservation area, National Park, Area of Oustanding Natural beauty or if your house is listed, the common reasons for requiring planning permission are where the structure:

  • would be nearer to a highway than the original house or less than 20 metres from a highway
  • would take up more than 50% of the land surrounding your house
  • is to be used for purposes other than domestic eg: running a business
  • changes to planning requirements

From October 1 2008, the Government introduced new rules which will affect most people contemplating installing any structure in their garden. The detail can be found under the section ‘Sheds’ on the following link but in summary, the rules prohibit the installation of a building within 2 metres of a boundary unless that structure is less than 2.5 metres high. We can design a structure less than 2500mm high but headroom is reduced to a minimum of 2100mm so the ideal is to find a space at least 2 metres from a boundary.

We strongly recommend you seek advice, possibly starting here: www.planningportal.gov.uk

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