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Outbuildings . Garages . Annexes

Garage conversions & annexes are very popular, they can increase the GIA of your existing property, thus, adding value with the extra usable space.

Outbuildings also add great value, as they can be used as additional, ancillary work or leisure spaces, to the main house, providing additional rooms.

The rules governing outbuildings apply to sheds, greenhouses, and garages as well as other ancillary garden buildings such as swimming pools, ponds, sauna cabins, kennels, enclosures (including tennis courts), and many other kinds of structures for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house. This includes a container used for domestic heating oil or petroleum gas.

‘Incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house’ includes the keeping of poultry, bees, pet animals, birds, or other livestock for the domestic needs or personal enjoyment of the occupants of the house.

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When considering the construction of an outbuilding such as, a summer house, Gym, or home office, it's indeed true that in many instances planning permission may not be required, (Permitted Development), This is typically the case when the structure is not on designated land not forward of the principal elevation, positioned at the rear or side of the main house (not abutting a highway on corner plots), does not exceed 50% of the garden space, and is not intended for separate habitation. Height restrictions are also an important consideration; for example, if the building is within 2 metres of a boundary, the maximum height should not surpass 2.5 metres. For structures further away, the permissible height increases, with a 4-metre limit if the building has an apex roof, or a 3-metre limit for flat-roofed constructions. However, the eaves of any roof should not exceed 2.5 metres in height.

It's crucial to ensure that there are no planning restrictions in place and that your property has permitted development rights (article 4), for any proposed work under permitted development we would always recommend applying for a lawful development certificate, this provides written confirmation that your proposed structure is lawful in planning terms and ensures compliance to the requirements of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO), thus, avoiding potential disputes or the need for retrospective planning approval.

With our expert help, your dream outbuilding can become a reality, enhancing your living/entertaining space, ensuring that you have the correct paperwork that you need and thus, potentially increasing your property's market value.

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