Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Planning permission - will new laws actually make things worse?

Lynn Fotheringham from InsideOut Buildings who often advises Shedworking on planning permission matters, has quite a different take on the new planning laws which we mentioned yesterday. She writes:
"Here is our interpretation - in October 2008 the rules for planning permission for garden buildings are going change. From October 2008 you will need planning permission if:
* The building, garage is forward of the principal elevation facing onto and visible from a highway.
* The buildings has an eaves height of more than 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of more than four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres with a mono-pitched roof.
* The building is higher than 2.5 metres and within two metres of a boundary.
* The coverage of the building is more than 30 square metres in a garden if the garden is more than 100 square metres or a building of more than 20 square metres if the garden is less than 100 square metres.
* Within the boundaries of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.

We currently need planning permission for 75% of our offices and I suspect this will take it up to 85%. I don't think this makes things worse. The logic behind this is to ensure that people in urban areas don't put up inappropriate monsters that overshadow their neighbours' gardens. So, speaking from a southern point of view, people in inner London will be more affected/protected by this than people in rural parts of Surrey."
I'd be interested to hear from other suppliers on the subject.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3:31 PM

    It all depends on what you are supplying and to whom.
    People who are ordering a garden building for 22 thousand and more will not be put off by the extra cost of planning permission and are much more likley to have the space to have a buidling 2 meters from a boundary. My company on the other hand are looking at this very gravely.