Why do I need Planning for a garden office if I live in a freehold flat?

February 26, 2019 by Laura Randall in forum Planning Forum

#629 Laura Randall, 26 February 2019, 16:04

I've purchased a Dunster Garden Office which is purposefully built to not need planning permission. It's 2.5m high and approx 9m sq. Everything I've read online has said that as long as the building is below 2.5m high and less than 15m sq then planning and building regs is not required. However I've just spotted somewhere that these rules don't apply to flats.

We own a share of freehold ground floor flat where the entire garden belongs to us. It's just one other flat above us in the Victorian conversion. The garden is 50m long so the garden office takes up a small section of the back.

Our neighbours are aware of the garden office being built and have no complaints, however I'm now worried that we should have sought planning permission before beginning the build.

Does anyone have any information on this? Should we stop building? Why are the rules different for flats? Can we get retrospective planning permission? Is there any reason it would be denied?

Thank you very much!

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