Retrospective Planning Permission for an office/summerhouse/shed

April 2, 2012 by Tad in forum Planning Forum

#192 Tad, 2 April 2012, 19:53

Hi there,

We live in East Anglia, in a rented farmhouse. The landlord has let us build a shed/office/summerhouse over the site of an old shed that had fallen down. We are partway through that build now (it is a very slow build!) We have now discovered that the farm and the large barn next door are Grade 2 listed.

We are getting a bit worried - does anyone have any guidance? We don't want to undo 3 years work! Are the planners likely to be sympathetic? Anyone have any idea of the restrictions/requirements they will put on us if we can keep the building?


#197 david stanley, 8 April 2012, 11:49

Dear Tad,

Certainly you would require Listed Building Consent for the erection of a new building within the curtilage of a listed building. Once the local authority become involved, it is highly likely that you will be asked to submit a retrospective application. The issue you then have is how sympathetic is the structure and will its existence have a detrimental impact upon the setting of the listed building. Good practice would recommend that you seek to regularise the situation. however, that decision rests entirely in your hands.

#205 Tad, 19 April 2012, 00:21

Thanks David,

We decided to speak to them, as the worry once we found out about the listing was driving us nuts! They haven't got back to us. Will update for the benefit of folks once we have something definitive...

Many thanks again,


#263 Tad, 8 October 2012, 00:54

Permission Granted! :)

They want a different roof covering to more accurately reflect the agricultural setting (need to change to corrugated tin :( ) - but overall a small price to pay considering the effort we put in!

Many thanks for help/advice we got here and elsewhere...


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