Category Archives: Planning

Topics relating to planning issues for Log cabins as houses and use as garden buildings, granny annexes and home offices.

Services related to planning

On this page, we will list companies and details related to planning consent, dealing with miscellaneous items, such as ecology of an area, protected trees etc. As we fill this page, we may split it down into service areas, but for now, please see below. If you are planning consultant or looking for one, please see our planning consultants directory (consultants can be added free of charge). If you wish to be listed here or on the directory, please contact us. Continue reading

Planning consultants UK directory

This is just a quick post to make you aware of our planning consultants’ directory. We started this directory in order to help our clients get the best possible outcome from their planning applications. In our opinion, we would never go for a planning application, or even application where permitted development was not clear, without a consultant on board, if it were for a new build or similar. Continue reading

Planning consultants Cambridgeshire

Many of our customers have planning issues that they need to address, for adding granny annexes, building houses on their land etc.  For this reason, we are constructing a planning consultants directory, listing consultants throughout the UK. To this end, we are also writing blog articles on planning consultant fees, permitted development for outbuildingsetc., and continue to suppliment this with other articles on various counties and planning issues.  Continue reading

Planning consultants Hertfordshire

Here is the second in our range of articles to do specifically with listing planning consultants in and around the UK. Previously, we dealt with planning consultants in London and how to choose them.  We have also dealt with planning consultant fees, outlining why you might consider the fees for a consultant worthwhile,  and permitted development for outbuildings, which gives some details and useful links on the subject. Continue reading

Planning consultant fees

Using a planning consultant – is it worth the fees?

If I had a Pound for every person that rushed down to their local planning
offices with some of our plans and drawings and ask a local planning officer
to give them advice and an opinion there and then on the prospects of
building one of our kits, I would be a richer man!! Can you guess how many
people get a positive answers by doing this? Continue reading

Permitted development outbuildings

This is our second article on permitted development in layman’s terms.  See our first article for a link to the government website on such matters, so that you can consult the rules yourself.

We all want the rules set out in a language we can understand, so, in plain and simple terms here is a potted summary of what you should be able to do with home offices.

Planning permission is not required to run a small business from your home,
provided that the primary and predominant use of the house remains as a

It is very difficult to make hard and fast statements as to when
running a business from home would cross the threshold and actually need
permission. This is because a lot depends on how it could affect neighbours
or change the char­ac­ter of the house. For example, having a small office
in an outbuilding that contains little more than a computer is very
different from running a car repair and spraying busi­ness from that same

The amount of noise, traffic, visitors and the existence of
employees are all highly relevant. In today’s hi-tech world, many businesses
can exist invisibly within houses or in outbuildings in the garden without
involving any change of use in planning terms.

So, best of luck with your project and remember you can do a lot more than you think you can do without formal planning.