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Around Your House

If you are planning to carry out works around or in the grounds of a house which is a family home please follow the links below for further information and advice

 

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Around Your House - outbuildings, sheds, garages,etc.

Outbuildings - this includes sheds, greenhouses and garages as well as other ancillary garden buildings such as swimming pools, ponds, sauna cabins, kennels, enclosures (including tennis courts) and containers for domestic heating etc.

Complete Self Assessment Form B

You need to apply for planning permission if any of the following cases apply:

  • If your house is in a Conservation Area and any part of the structure would be located between the side wall of the house and the boundary;
  • If your house is in a Conservation Area and the total area of ground created (measured externally) exceeds 10 square metres and is more that 20 metres away from any wall of the dwelling.
  • You want to put up a building/structure which would be forward of the principal elevation of the original house;
  • The building/structure would be within the curtilage of a Listed Building;
  • The height of the building/structure would be more than 4 metres high if it has a ridged roof, more than 2.5 metres high for any structure within 2 metres of the boundary, or more than 3 metres high in any other case;
  • The eaves height of the building/structure would be more than 2.5 metres high;
  • More than 50% of land around the original house would be covered by additions or buildings;
  • The building or structure is not to be used for purposes ancillary to the domestic use of the dwelling;
  • The building would have more than one storey;
  • It consists of or includes a veranda, decking, balcony or raised platform (above 300mm high)

Sketch showing outbuildings

Containers used for the storage of oil or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) used for domestic heating purposes are subject to the same restrictions as buildings and structures, and the capacity of a container cannot exceed 3,500 litres

Links to further information on an external website Outbuildings

You should check that there are no restrictive conditions on any planning decision relating to the property.
Please follow this link to our website where you can use our interactive mapping to check planning history, if “Permitted Development Rights” have been removed or if your property is in a Conservation Area or is a Listed Building. If your house is a Listed Building then Listed Building Consent is likely to be required even if planning permission is not necessary

To view the legislation please follow this link The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Order 2008 (Refer to Class E)

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Fences, Walls and Gates Etc.

Complete Self Assessment Form F

This includes:  the erection, construction, maintenance, improvement or alteration a fence, wall or gate or other means of enclosure.

You will need to apply for planning permission if any of the following cases apply:

  • If the fence, wall or gate would be over 1 metre high and next to a highway used by vehicles; or over 2 metres high elsewhere; or
  • Your house is a Listed Building or is in the curtilage of a Listed Building.

You will not need to apply for planning permission to take down a fence, wall, or gate, or to alter or improve an existing fence, wall or gate (no matter how high) if you don't increase its height, unless you are in a conservation area where planning permission (1st Oct 2013) is required to remove fences, walls or gates which exceed the above measurements.

You do not need planning permission to plant a hedge as long as a planning condition has not been imposed which restricts planting. If this is the case, it is likely that you will require planning permission.

Links to further information on external website on Fences, Walls and Gates

You should check that there are no restrictive conditions on any planning decision relating to the property.
Please follow this link to our website where you can use our interactive mapping to check planning history, if “Permitted Development Rights” have been removed or if your property is in a Conservation Area or is a Listed Building. If your house is a Listed Building then Listed Building Consent is likely to be required even if planning permission is not necessary

To view the legislation please follow links to The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (Refer to Part 2 Class A)

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Dropped Kerb, Creating a New Access or Widening an Existing Access

Check if the road is “classified”. To do this, please call Leicestershire County Council's Customer Services on 0116 3050925.

Complete Self Assessment Form F

Planning permission will not be required for a dropped kerb or to create or alter a vehicular access onto a trunk or an A, B or C classified road if the two criteria below are met:

  1. The access point is not onto an trunk, A, B or C classified road; and
  2. The access is required in connection with other work which is permitted development (not requiring planning permission) as specified in the regulations (building an extension, garage, creating a hardstanding etc) that is being constructed at the same time.

DROPPED KERB. If you are to install a dropped kerb on the pavement outside your property then permission will be required from Leicestershire County Council's Highways Department even if planning permission is not required. For more information visit the County Council's webpage or e-mail highwayscustomerservices@leics.gov.uk or telephone them on 0116 305 0001.

You should check that there are no restrictive conditions on any planning decision relating to the property.
Please follow this link to our website where you can use our interactive mapping to check planning history, if “Permitted Development Rights” have been removed or if your property is in a Conservation Area or is a Listed Building. If your house is a Listed Building then Listed Building Consent is likely to be required even if planning permission is not necessary

To view the legislation please follow links to The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (Refer to Part 2 Class B)

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Driveways, Hardstandings Decking and Patios

Complete Self Assessment Form F

If you wish to replace or provide an area of hard surface larger than 5 square metres between the principal elevation of your house and the highway, then there are strict controls over the type of surfacing that does not require planning permission. The use of porous materials or the direction of run-off water to a permeable or porous area within your curtilage does not require planning permission. Guidance in respect of the types of surfacing that are permitted can be found on the Communities and Local Government website. If you cannot use porous surfacing, or cannot direct run-off to a permeable or porous area within your curtilage then planning permission would be required, and you would need to demonstrate why this is not possible when making your application.

Significant works of embanking or terracing may need planning permission. An elevated patio or decking, especially if it creates useable space underneath, may be regarded as an extension or garden building, and will be subject to the size limits.

Links to further information on external website

Decking and raised platforms

You should check that there are no restrictive conditions on any planning decision relating to the property.
Please follow this link to
our website where you can use our interactive mapping to check planning history, if “Permitted Development Rights” have been removed or if your property is in a Conservation Area or is a Listed Building. If your house is a Listed Building then Listed Building Consent is likely to be required even if planning permission is not necessary

To view the legislation please follow this link to The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Order 2008 (Refer to Part 1 Class F)

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Last updated: Thu 18th September, 2014 @ 12:44

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