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Greenhouses, Planning Rules and Boundaries...

I wondered if anyone had had any dealings with planning folk due to wanting to put a greehouse 'within two metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse' as this limits it to being 2.5m tall at its highest point. Do people basically just tend to ignore the fact that greenhouses tend to be slightly taller than permitted development allows?

We would like to build a brick outbuilding with a wooden greenhouse on a dwarf wall running off one side (on the greenhouse's gable end) as a wooden only structure might find itself with damp feet in severe weather as that part of the garden can end up with a couple of inches of water if the rain is heavy and prolonged. Our desire is for a hipped roof to blend with the greenhouse meaning an overall height of only about 2.75m.

Hope this makes any sense at all, it did in my head before I started to type...


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 33,985

    Hi Steve- I'm not sure on the rules and regs regarding greenhouses but the outbuilding might need permission - it depends on the size - I think you don't need permission for anything up to about 3x3 metres but I could be wrong about that.   I think if you get someone out from planning - even if you only have a rough sketch of your plan - it might be the best way forward. They're often more helpful if you 'play nice' ! image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,785

    Sounds as though you need to look at the Party Wall Act 


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  • Good news is that the fence it would be close to is actually ours so I think, as expected, I'll be contacting planning. Do I have to actually have a drawn plan to make an enquiry?

  • Thanks, now I am even more freaked! image

  • Mark 499Mark 499 Posts: 380

    I believe all councils offer free pre- application advice, ours actively encourages it

  • That's what I am hoping, do they normally do that via phone or in person I wonder...?

  • Mark 499Mark 499 Posts: 380

    I believe you can call in to the council office with any details you have & the on duty planning officer will look  your proposal & tell you if you need planning permission

  • Thank you, I'll give them a shout and see what happens.

  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 9,100

    Steve............don't be put off...........the average Planning Officer is usually more than happy to discuss your plans with you and in my experience will be happy to find a compromise.

    Give the recent relaxations on Planning laws, they will probably be relieved that you don't want to build another house in your garden image

    Best of luckimage

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