Do I need planning permission for a log cabin in my garden?
The Town and Country Planning rules for ‘permitted development’ changed from 1st October 2008.
Of particular interest is the new section E covering ‘development within the curtilage of a dwelling house’. This section is relevant to most garden buildings and garages in your garden.
On the positive side, the rules are more relaxed regarding the siting of the garden building close to your house. Whereas previously it was necessary to ensure a 5 metre separation distance, this requirement will no longer exist.
It also appears that development within gardens of properties in ‘conservation areas’ and ‘areas of outstanding natural beauty’ may be permitted, if sited within 20 metres of the house and subject to the other usual requirements.
However, there are some difficulties to contend with;
The maximum height of the ‘eaves’ of the building will be limited to 2500 mm
The height of the building must not exceed 2500 mm within 2 metres of a boundary.
ALL buildings with a veranda, balcony or raised platform will need permission.
These notes are simply our observations and should not be considered an official view.
We understand that work started prior to 1st October 2008 will be accepted under the existing rules.
It follows therefore that if you have been contemplating your log cabin and position in the garden, it might be prudent to check the new rules and if necessary contact your local planning office for guidance.
On the other hand, if you are not ready to push the button, we should remind you that a significant advantage of Keops Interlock log cabins is that they are tailor made and we have the ability to design the log cabin to comply with the new rules, in most situations.