Walls, fences, hedges, trees, swimming pools, garden ponds, gates driveways, patios, sheds, summer houses, tennis courts, greenhouses, dog kennels.
Where do you stand? You may be surprised - especially if you own a flat!
Fences walls, trees,
hedges & gates
Planning permission is required if..............
The section below is the latest rendering of the Planning Act - October 2009. We have simply copied it at the moment, but we will translate it into everyday English - with examples - as soon as possible.
The provision within the curtilage of the dwelling house of —
Development not permitted
Class E.1 Development is not permitted by Class E if —
Patios & Driveways & Garden Buildings/Structures
If you live in a house! (There are different rules for flats and maisonettes)
(**Restrictions to the above)
Flats & Maisonettes (I didn't make these rules - complain to the government!)
You will need planning permission for....
Consult with your neighbours before you start any work. They do have rights - even if planning permission is not required for your own particular project. For instance, there is a legal right to light in some circumstances. There must be a moral right to light in all circumstances. Go and have a cup of coffee: Talk it over first.
consent procedure can take up to 8 weeks -
The Planning Department of your local council will require 'an application' together with some fairly detailed plans (Oh, and a fee!) They will write to your neighbours about your application, and will also publish your application in the local press. It is always a good idea to consult with your planning department, before drawing up any plans. Local councils are usually quite helpful these days. It depends upon the individual of course. But then doesn't everything?
NB. These are guidelines based upon our interpretation of the various planning regulations. I hate to say this but, DO CONSULT A LAWYER if in any doubt!
By David Hughes - firstname.lastname@example.org