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By Amy Hanlon on 30 May 2024

Does A Radiata Garden Room Need Planning Permission?


So, you’re considering adding a Radiata Garden Room to your property. It’s an exciting prospect – a beautiful, versatile space that can be used as an office, studio, or just a place to relax. But before you get carried away with furnishing your new space exactly the way you want it, there’s an important question to address: does your Radiata Garden Room need planning permission?

Let’s delve into the details to help you understand the ins and outs of planning permission for garden rooms.

What is Planning Permission?

Planning permission is essentially consent from your local authority to build or modify structures on your property. It makes sure that these structures are suitable for the local environment and follow regulations. Not all garden buildings need planning permission – in fact, most don’t – but there are specific rules that determine whether you’ll need it.

Do Garden Rooms Need Planning Permission?

In many cases, Radiata Garden Rooms don’t need planning permission because of Permitted Development. These rules allow for certain types of building work without the need to apply for planning permission, provided they meet specific conditions. We’ve laid out these conditions in our handy Planning Permission Checklist.

The Gillies and Mackay Planning Permission Checklist, which asks ten questions to determine whether or not planning permission is needed.

The questions in this checklist refer to the purpose of the Garden Room, its location in your garden, and the size and height restrictions for the building. There are different rules if the Garden Room is purpose-built as business premises.

But if you can answer no to all of the questions on this checklist, you won’t need planning permission. If you’d like more information about any of these questions, they’re broken down in more detail here.

When Do I Need Planning Permission?

A Gillies and Mackay Kindrogan Radiata Garden Room in a grassy garden, with a cherry blossom tree next to the building.

Some of the questions in the checklist refer to special circumstances which may or may not apply to you. For example:

1. Conservation Areas: If you live in a designated area you’ll face stricter controls. These areas include National Parks, National Scenic Areas, World Heritage Sites and Conservation Areas. In these areas, Permitted Development rights may not apply and you’ll face stricter controls. You can discuss this with your Garden Room company and your local authority. You can build Garden Rooms in a Conservation Area, but there may be additional hoops to jump through.

2. Listed Buildings: In the same way, if your home is a listed building, any additions or modifications, including garden rooms, generally require planning permission.

3. Size Limits: If your garden room exceeds the size limitations set out by Permitted Development, you’ll need to apply for planning permission. This includes situations where the building footprint is more than 30m2.

A building of this size is also subject to Building Control, which makes the project significantly more complicated. However, since our Radiata Garden Rooms are all under 12m2, this rule won’t apply. But bear this in mind if you’re looking at a larger Blackstone Garden Room.

How do I apply if I do need planning permission?

If you do need planning permission, don’t worry. While it’s a time-consuming process that adds to the cost of your project, it doesn’t have to be complicated. To apply, there are various documents you have to prepare and submit to your local authority. 

Does this seems like a whole lot of hard work? Don’t worry – we offer an additional planning permission service where we take care of the application and all the communications with your local council. 

Once you apply, your local council will make a decision about your application. Remember that this can take several months. If you do need planning permission, you’ll have to wait for the decision before your building can be installed. Sometimes applications have to be resubmitted, but this usually only happens if you haven’t included the proper evidence.

However, if you forge on without planning permission your local council can fine you, or even make you remove the building. 

Make sure that you’re not in for that sort of headache. Use the Gillies & Mackay Planning Permission checklist to make sure you know whether or not you need planning permission, and remember – applying isn’t the end of the world.

Does a Radiata Garden Room need planning permission?

The interior of a Gillies and Mackay Rannoch Radiata Garden Room furnished as a home office. An oak desk and desk chair are arranged on a rattan rug, and there is a colourful painting above the desk.

Adding a Radiata Garden Room to your property is a fantastic way to create additional space and enhance your home. While planning permission isn’t always required, it’s crucial to understand the regulations and ensure your project complies with local guidelines. You don’t want anything to stand in the way of you enjoying your beautiful building.

If you’re hankering for a beautiful dedicated space, but unsure about planning permission, why not book a Consultation with one of our Team? This is a no-obligation chat to determine exactly what you’re looking for and whether we can help. We’re here to help you navigate the process and make your dream garden room a reality.

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