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Old 25-05-2006, 16:51
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I have a garage it is detached from my house, the garage itself has also been extended!

The garage is quite damp in one corner and the roof is **** so I want it either renovating or rebuilding totally so it could be made into another room, possibly attached to the house!

The gap between the house and garage is about 1.5metres by 9 metres (like an alleyway) I would, if possible like this to be undercover also, but there are outside drainpipes here.

Will I need planning permission for what I am intending?

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Old 25-05-2006, 17:09
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Perhaps not, if you're not extending beyond the front of the house.

Ask the council planning dept.! They don't eat you, not these days.

Then again, you could always do it and if they find out apply for retrospective planning permission.
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Old 25-05-2006, 17:25
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You would probably be wise to ask the planning dept for advice Ed. If you intend changing the use of the building to a habitable room, that would change the ratable value of the whole property and the alterations should be subject to building regulations.
What a bummer!!
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Old 25-05-2006, 17:26
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Are you taking in a lodger?
I can move in anytime.
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Old 25-05-2006, 17:33
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A quality 'arf' Bazza.

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Old 25-05-2006, 17:45
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Seriously though Bazza, if you fancy filling a skip for me, I can allow you to stay a night or two until the roof goes on!
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Old 25-05-2006, 18:48
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Eddie, is the garage walls of single brick or double?
If it's of single brick, you wont be able to use it for living purposes and would have to build a second single wall alongside the original. Again you would need planning permision.
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Old 25-05-2006, 19:22
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Eddie,
I think Stu is right when he says you will need building regs too. As such the planners will know what your up to anyway. Best to inform them in the first place.
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Old 25-05-2006, 19:25
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I don't mind mate.
I'll be quite at home in the kennel.
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Old 25-05-2006, 19:44
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At last - a topic I can advise sensibly on! There are a number of 'ifs' and 'buts' which may apply, but I'll try to give you a simple guide.

If you want to merely renovate the existing garage to make it into a habitable room (or rooms) you will probably not require planning permission, unless a stipulation was made, at the time the house and garage were built, as to the continued use of the garage for that purpose. This normally only occurs on developments built since the 1980's but it is best to check with your local authority.

If you decide you want to demolish part, or all, of it and re-build to the same footprint, without increasing the overall volume, it will be prudent to check with the planners; they may still say you do not need planning permission but it is impossible to be certain.

The area between the house and garage may be filled in under permitted development, provided that a) the extension to the garage (and any other additions to the original house) do not use it all up. How much you are allowed depends on whether the house is terraced (which I assume it is not) or a semi or fully detatched. If the latter, you are allowed 50 cubic metres or a percentage of the overall volume, whichever is least; unfortunately, I can't recall what that percentage is!

If you are in a conservation area, an area of outstanding natural beauty, or if there are any Article 4 Directives in place, PD does not apply anyway. Once again, check first.

Whatever correspondence you do have with the planning department, make sure you have it in writing, and keep it with the deeds of your house.

Having established what, if any, planning permission you require, and having made the necessary applications (a planning application attracts a fee of 135 for domestic works) there is the small matter of the building regulations. Now, these will apply whether or not planning permission is needed, as they are entirely seperate entities. I have a feeling I'll have to continue on a seperate post for that.
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