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Garden Buildings - Planning Permission


We will take care of your planning and building regulation requirementsIf you would like one of our buildings but are unsure about your “planning permission” obligations, let us make discreet enquiries on your behalf.

Experience shows us that planning permission is not normally required for our buildings. And planners tend to favour Homesteads traditionally English designs.

In most cases your Homestead Timber Office, Summerhouse, Studio, Gym, Hobby Room, etc. will be allowed without planning approval under the permitted development rights to your property.We will take care of your planning and building regulation requirements

These rights will generally apply if:

  • If your Homestead building does not cover over half the area of your garden, and will not be more than 4m (13’1”) in total height (none of ours are)

  • Is 5m/16’5” distance from the main house and a reasonable space from your neighbours boundary fences are also recommended.

Planning permission will be required for garden buildings in conservation areas,listed buildings and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The latest planning law also requires that garden buildings will need planning permission if any part of the roof over 2.5m (8'6") high falls within 2m (6'6") of a boundary.

As most pitched (apex roof) buildings are 3-3.5m high this rule will apply unless 2m can be left from your boundary fences.

However in our experience of submitting over a hundred planning permission applications a year we have found that this is only a formality and it is extremely rare for garden buildings irrespective of their use to be refused.

We can also obtain planning permission retrospectively in most cases.

At our free no obligation site survey we will determine the planning criteria for your property and advise you accordingly. If planning permission is required our free planning service initiates us as your agent where  we will fill in and submit all the necessaryforms,architectural and location plans and pay the £150.00 fee free of charge on your behalf. Planning permission normally takes 8 weeks to obtain and we will book the work in to our manufacturing schedule to coincide with the expected planning grant time.

Planning permission can be avoided if:

1) 2m can be left from all boundaries in the case of a pitched (apex) roof.

2) Your building is made with a flat roof under 2.5m high which is possible with any of our designs (see "The Oxford" building page 20).

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