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The pandemic and lockdowns have created a new element in today’s workforce. Working from home has become the go-to solution for many businesses. This enabled many businesses to stay open and workers to stay employed. While sometimes less than ideal, working from home beats the alternative of being unemployed which led to many workers looking for ways to stay productive in their sometimes busy homes.

Garden Rooms Providing Privacy And Space For Today’s Remote Workforce

     A solution to this is a garden room. There are many benefits to having a garden room built on your property including having your own personal office space, or just an additional space for relaxing, crafting, or practicing music without the distractions present in many of today’s homes.

      This increase in growth has caused some concern within the garden room industry with the most prevalent being a lack of understanding of planning permission and local building regulations. Many homeowners feel that they can use their garden rooms for whatever purpose they like, however, they must still meet usage regulations. With that in mind, we are going to take a look at the regulations around outbuildings, specifically, garden rooms.

Planning Permission and Building Regulations

     The government has created a series of rules and regulations regarding outbuildings such as sheds, playhouses, greenhouses, garages, garden rooms, and more. If the outbuilding is used for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house, it is more often than not considered permitted development. The criteria associated with permitted development is as follows:-

  • ‘No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
  • Outbuildings and garages to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.
  • Maximum height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure, or container within two metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms (a platform must not exceed 0.3 metres in height)
  • No more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers, and pools more than 20 metres from the house to be limited to 10 square metres.
  • On designated land* buildings, enclosures, containers, and pools at the side of properties will require planning permission.
  • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.’

 The size and positioning of your garden room will also determine whether it would need to comply with buildings regulations.

  • Building regulations will not normally apply for buildings with an internal floor area of 15m2 with no sleeping accommodation.
  • For buildings that are between 15m2 and 30m2 you will not normally need to apply for building reg approval as long as the building is at least 1m away from any boundary and contains no sleeping accommodation. If the building were to be positioned within 1m of the boundary would need to be constructed of substantially non combustible materials.
  • Buildings in excess of 30m2 will need to comply with building regs.

  As you can see, there is a lot of thought and consideration that goes into having a garden room built on your property. To ensure that your garden room is built properly and that it meets all planning and regulation requirements, choose a reputable garden room design and building service such as Haon Garden Rooms.

    To learn more, contact Haon Garden Rooms today and speak with a garden room design expert who can answer any questions you might have.

hello@haongardenrooms.co.uk or 01908 893215

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