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;