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Permitted Development

Before we start, here is a massive disclaimer.  We have written this article as a guide only. We are not planning consultants and we are not responsible for whether or not you are allowed to build in your garden and the information below is we hope a useful starting point. You MUST get an official okay from your council to be sure. 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

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.

Permitted development in layman’s terms

The rules on permitted development are a bit of a grey area and the
legislation is probably one of the worst drafted in recent memory, I get the
feeling that it was intended to be like that!  Here is a link to the government
website on such matters, this will bore you senseless:
http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/responsibilities/planningpermission/permitted Continue reading