Thursday, 11 March 2021
Planning has been granted to convert an existing outbuilding, formerly a large detached garage, to create a garden room/playroom and extend the outbuilding to create a home office and store. It was also within the scope of the proposal to erect an oak framed 4-bay garage.
With the increase in people working from home during the pandemic, it seems a useful time to visit the topic of building regulations and small detached buildings, in domestic settings such as home offices, workshops and other uses.
- Those with a floor area not exceeding 30m2; and
- Those with a floor area not exceeding 15m2
Small, detached buildings less than or equal to 30m2
- The internal floor area must not be greater than 30m2 (for example 3m x 10m, or 5m x 6m), and
- The building must be constructed substantially of non-combustible material unless it is 1m or more away from any boundary.
- The internal floor area must not be more than 15m2 (for example 3m x 5m, or 2-storeys of 7.5m2 each).
- There are no restrictions in relation to the closeness to the boundary, or the type of materials that must be used.
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Preparations are under way for the creation of two new rooms for residents at a local residential care home, Somerville House. Somerville House is a large detached, converted and extended property in a quiet residential area of Willand on the outskirts of Cullompton. The home provides residential care and support for older people.
RTDA have taken an existing annexe to create the two new residents rooms both with en-suite facilities, storage area and linen cupboard.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Monday, 3 February 2014
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Monday, 4 March 2013
- What is the chalet/log cabin/garden room going to be used for?
- Where is the chalet/log cabin/garden office going to be located?
- Is your site a registered AONB (Area of Outstanding natural Beauty)?
- Is your property a listed building?
- How big is the chalet/log cabin/garden office?
- How is the building constructed and what does it look like?
- It is to be sited in the garden of a detached or semi-detached property.
- The property is not in an area of conservation or outstanding natural beauty or similar category.
- The property is not a listed building.
- The cabin will not be between the house and a highway (or if it is there shall be a 20m distance from the highway).
- The cabin will not be above 4m in height.
- Total area covered by buildings will not exceed half of the garden.
- The cabin is not to be used commercially (home office is usually acceptable if it does not detract from the main use of the property).
- The cabin is not to be used as a dwelling.
- There are no other covenants that prevent you from exercising your permitted developments rights.
- No outbuilding forward of the principal elevation fronting a highway.
- 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 2.5 metres within two metres of a boundary.
- No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
- 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 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.
Monday, 17 September 2012
The light bulb is also energy efficient—it uses approximately 1/10th the energy of the standard household bulb and can last up to 25 years.
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“Light bulbs consume approximately 20% of electricity in homes around the world. They need to be more efficient, smarter and last longer. In the twenty-first century, people need lighting that matches the “smart culture” and eco aware sensibilities of our day.”