Do Greenhouses Need Planning Permission?

From the beginning of October 2008 the planning permission regulations were adapted somewhat which exempted greenhouses from having to apply for planning permission before construction. However, even though they come under what is termed permitted development there are still certain guidelines that have to be followed before construction takes place. The approximate requirements will be outlined below. Firstly, the greenhouse cannot be constructed in a position where it overlaps outwards from the front of the house. In other words, it must stay within the line of the house.

Secondly, the greenhouse must only be constructed at ground level with no additional floors. It has to be no more than four metres in height overall. Thirdly, if it is constructed closer than two metres from the actual border of the property its overall height cannot be more than two and a half metres. Fourthly, the actual size of the greenhouse also relates to the area of land that comes with the house as it cannot cover more than fifty percent of the available open land. Fifthly, if the house is situated in a national park, in an area which is defined as an area of outstanding natural beauty or a site designated as a world heritage one then the greenhouse can only be up to a maximum if ten square metres.

Planning permission is absolutely essential in these exceptional areas if the greenhouse is built right next door to the main house. Finally, if the greenhouse is to be constructed on the site of a listed building then planning permission is an absolute requirement. If your situation does not fit any of the ones mentioned above then all you need to do is apply for planning permission. You may think that a greenhouse is only a simple structure and no human being resides in it so what is the problem with building one without asking. The simple answer to this is that we live in a community even if we don’t know our neighbours, let alone talk to them over the garden fence but what you do in or on your property might have effects on your neighbours.

The only way to deal with this is for the council that has overall responsibility for living outcomes, to draw up a set of guidelines to assist with aiding harmony within our communities. If your neighbour was to start constructing bits of this and bits of that around their property then you would, no doubt, be outraged and will not only be thinking of the unsightly view that you are getting from unplanned building but the potential value of your property as well. Planning permission is community orientated with the set idea that fighting and bickering between neighbours would be endless unless there are rules in place to give inhabitants an approximate idea of do’s and don’ts on their property. If you really have difficulty understanding your entitlements under recent planning permission changes then your architect will be able to about assisting you with wading through the quagmire.

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