Around 18 months ago, the planning laws regarding the installation of temporary outbuildings (e.g. sheds & summerhouses) was changed so that if any part of a building was within 2 metres of a boundary, no part of that building is allowed to be above 2.5m in height, without obtaining planning permission.

This has meant that effectively anybody looking to install a building in their garden that has anything other than a flat roof, needs to apply for planning permission (unless of course they have a very large garden).

I believe the law should be repealed back to its previous form, which had much less restrictive criteria regarding height.

Why is this idea important?

  1. It has led to countless numbers applying for personally and bureaucratically expensive planning permission, for what is a trivial matter.
  2. It has had an adverse impact upon the indigenous garden building industry, with many designs with sunk capital costs now being made all but redundant.
  3. It has led to undue stress for many people, who have now had to go through the rigours of planning applications. It is proposterous to think that a pensioner with a moderately sized garden, who wants to install an 8ft x 8ft timber summerhouse with a pitched roof, has to go through the same process as somebody having a two storey house extension.

2 Replies to “Outbuilding 2.5m height restriction planning law”

  1. Absolutely agree, The idea of building regulation I presume is to ensure any building work is done to a quality standard that is aesthetic to the eye, this regulation does nothing other than to encourage the building of low squat ugly buildings. Please rethink this.

  2. Totally agree, but what can be done about it. Do we need to go through planning or do we just tell them to do one!

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