Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015
The Guild take a look at the above Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015. We ask the question do I need Planning permission? In this article we look at the effect these regulations have on out buildings, Conservatories, Fences Gates and Garden walls. This is the first of a series of Article on this subject to be prepared over the coming months (a busy period for commencement of building work)
At this stage it is worth repeating Responsibilities and General advice as follows:
As with all building work, the owner of the property in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant Local Authorities planning and building regulations.
Failure to comply with these rules and regulations will result in the owner being liable for any remedial action. Use the Guild of Master Craftsmen website findacraftsmen.com for trades’ people who will be aware of these issues.
General advice to all property owners is to discuss your building proposals with your Local Authority Planning and Building Control departments. Members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen should ask your clients for written proof of advice from these Local Authority Departments before proceeding.
Further consideration is to be considered before commencing any building related work are as follows:
Planning Regulations covering Outbuildings:
Rules governing Outbuildings apply to sheds, greenhouses, and garages as well as other ancillary garden buildings such as swimming pools, ponds, sauna or Jacuzzi cabins, kennels, enclosures such as tennis courts and many other kinds of structure for the purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house.
Other rules relate to the installation of a satellite dish, the erection or provision of fuel storage tanks.
Under the under the above order dated 2015 outbuildings are considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
The term original house means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1st July 1948 (if it was built before that date).
Designated land includes National Parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Conservation Areas and World Heritage Sites.
If you want to put up a small detached building such as a garden shed or summerhouse in your garden, building regulations will not normally apply if the floor area is less than 15m.square.
If the floor area is between 15 and 30m. square you will not normally require building regulation approval providing that the building is either at least 1m. from any boundary or is constructed of substantially non-combustible materials.
In both cases, building regulations do not apply providing the building does not contain any sleeping accommodation.
Planning Regulations covering Conservatories:
Under these new regulations adding a Conservatory to your home is considered to be permitted development, subject to the following limits and conditions:
Building regulations will normally apply to extensions however Conservatories are normally exempt if the following rules apply:
You should be aware of problems of constructing a conservatory under first floor windows. This may lead to a restricted ladder access or restrict an escape route if there is a fire.
Any new structural opening between the Conservatory and the existing house will require Building Regulation approval.
Planning Regulations covering Fences Gates and Garden Walls.
You will need to apply for planning permission if you wish to erect or add to a fence, wall or gate if :
It is over 1m high and next to a highway used by vehicles. (or the footpath of such a highway) or 2m. high elsewhere.
An Article 4 direction is a Planning direction that may remove all or some of the permitted development rights.
It should be noted that permitted development rights and in particular the extended permitted development rights run out on 30 May 2019. We are at present waiting to hear from the Government if these are to be stopped or extended to some future date.