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How to build a home extension  without Planning Permission using your PD rights - Oct. 1st 2008



Detached Garden Room buildings and their variety of uses under Class E of a sites Permitted Development Rights.


  • Garden rooms and permitted development
    Garden Rooms and Permitted Development - Garden rooms have discovered a bit of a renaissance since the 2008 GPDO revision to the Permitted Development Rights. Until October 2008, most detached garden rooms in Article 1(5) land would have required formal Planning Permission which would have been resisted by the Planning Department.
  • Garden rooms and the old PD rules
    Garden Rooms and The Old PErmitted Development Rules - A comparison - Detached Garden rooms have always been allowed under Class E of the GPDO for permitted development - i.e. - Garden enclosures that did not require formal Planning Consent.
  • Garden rooms and planning
    Garden Rooms and Planning Permission - Subject to certain requirements of the site itself, the dimensions and siting of the detached garden room, you can probably build it with out the requirement for formal Planning Consent.
  • Types of garden rooms
    Types of Garden Rooms and Their Uses Allowable Under Permitted Development - The term garden room encompasses a host of detached garden buildings from swimming pool enclosures, office or study room, gym room, hobbies room in fact anything you want really provided it can be classed as an ancillary use.
  • Modern or traditional garden room
    Modern Contemporary or Tradtional Garden Rooms - Fortunately, the choice of design or material selection for a garden room is totally within your control if it falls within the confines of permitted development. If it does not require formal Planning Permission, then the Council have no say on how it looks or what materials you can use.
  • Equestrian garden buildings
    Equestrian Garden Buildings - Most equestrian buildings for horses or horse related uses are not normally placed within the residential curtilage. Therefore any garden building placed outside the defined residential curtilage of the dwelling will not fall under permitted development.
  • Traditional oak framed Buildings
    Traditional Oak Timber Framed Buildings - The traditional oak building for use as a car port, garage, office, garden room, gym, swimming pool enclosure etc. is a fairy well established principal of the type of outdoor garden buildings that can be erected under permitted development.
  • Orangery garden buildings
    Orangery Garden Buildings - Orangeries as a design concept and building style have made a bit of a comeback over the last few years. Even as an attached conservatory to the main dwelling house, their design has grown as a preference to that of the more commonal garden ‘bolt on’ fake Victorian plastic monster that seems to litter most housing estates.
  • Garden play equipment and PD
    Garden Play Equipment erected under Permitted Development - Garden structures for various forms of play equipment has mushroomed over the last decade with more choice and variety for young families. Most seem to involve the formation of a small hut on stilts many are in excess of 4M high.
  • Ilegal deteched garden room buildings
    What to do if you erect an house extension or detached garden building that is not permitted development - and the planners come calling - This is a very common scenario and happens more often than you would imagine. Most Planning Departments have an enforcement or compliance section. Some take their roles more serious than others so there is no one size fits all approach to ensuring damage limitation of your scheme.

 For a diagram of the restrictions affecting detached garden rooms click here. 
































































































 Detached garden rooms under PD