- It has led to countless numbers applying for personally and bureaucratically expensive planning permission, for what is a trivial matter.
- 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.
- 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.
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I believe the law should be repealed back to its previous form, which had much less restrictive criteria regarding height.