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What exactly does the term ‘Permitted Development’ mean?

On 1st October 2008 planning regulations for certain building works were simplified so as to allow various small scale development to go ahead without the need for a planning application to be submitted to the your council.

These new rules were mainly brought in to prevent the possible snarl up at planning departments for relatively minor works. These minor works are what are known as “Permitted Development”

So, what are you allowed to build under these new regulations?

You are allowed to install various outbuildings within the curtilage of your home, which you will find includes sheds, greenhouses garages as well as other ancillary garden buildings such as swimming pools, ponds, sauna cabins, kennels, stable blocks and many other kinds of structures for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling-house.

Outbuildings such as Stable Blocks

These are considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, provided all the conditions are met.

  1. 1. On designated land* outbuildings to the side of the house are not permitted development.
  2. 2. Outbuildings are not permitted development within the grounds of a listed building.
  3. 3. In national parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the total area to be covered by any outbuildings more than 20 metres from ANY WALL of the house must not exceed 10 square metres to be permitted development.
  4. 4. Outbuildings are not permitted development forward of the principal elevation of the original house. The term original house means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date).
  5. 5. Outbuildings and other additions must not exceed 50% of the total area of land around the original house. Sheds and all other outbuildings and extensions to the original house must be included when calculating this 50% limit.
  6. 6. To be permitted development, any new building must not itself be separate, self contained, living accommodation and must not have a microwave antenna.
  7. 7. Outbuildings must be single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of 4 metres with a dual pitched roof, or 3 metres in any other case.
  8. 8. If the outbuilding is within 2 metres of the property boundary the whole building should not exceed 2.5 metres in height.
  9. 9. Balconies and verandas are not permitted development. Raised platforms such as decking are permitted development provided they are no higher than 300mm
  10. 10. Containers, such as those used for domestic heating purposes, must not exceed 3,500 litres capacity to be permitted development. The other permitted development conditions which apply to outbuildings listed above also apply to containers.

* Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.

I know this can be a lot to take on board on a first read, but if you stick with it and follow these rules, you may find you can install your new timber stables, garage, home office etc in locations behind your home with out having to pay out for plans and wait 2-3 months for you local council to approve your plans.

We have had a client use “Permitted Development” rules to install a large American Barn. He just asked us to make sure the ridge was less than 4.0m high. We obliged and he and his wife are now enjoying looking after their horses in the winter in the dry and out of all that driving rain we had last year.

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