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Old 22-12-2009, 09:52   #1
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Planning restrictions re: attached garage to the house - Any info much appreciated

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I am living in a semi detached house and at the moment the house has a detached garage at the end or driveway which is at the left hand side of the house

I've been thinking and would like a garage at the side of the house so its attached to the house. However this is where the queries come in. In order for the garage to be big enough it would need to go right to the boundary of the driveway and at the moment the house is surrounded by a fence. On the boundary of the house is a grass way (about 4 metres in width) which is used by the tractor to get to the field at the back of the house to cut the grass, this is just an empty field and the grass is cut about 4 times a year. On the other side of the grass way are another couple of semi detatched houses.

Subject to putting in an application for building this garage, would there need to be a gap between the side of the garage and the fence which surrounding the house. I really need all the space in order to fit something bigger than a small hatchback in there and need to have the wall built right to the edge of the driveway or boundary.

The other thing is that if it is ok to build a garage wall right at the edge of the boundary of the house. it would need to be at least 8 feet high, however given that the wall garage wall could be right at the boundary, i've heard that you can only build a wall or fence that is 6 ft high.

I feel it may be ok given that there will be a gap between the garage wall and the other house on the left due to the grass way. But on the other hand i will need to take it to the boundary of the house to make a garage sufficient enough in size. Taking the existing garage down would give me more garden room which would be nice and i need to garage to store the car in.

Any help or information or past experiences of doing such an build would be much appreciated
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Old 22-12-2009, 09:59   #2
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Get in touch with your local planning department, they are desperate for work. Ask them to come & visit to discuss your proposals, be nice, get to know them. It will be well worth it.
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you can build right up to the boundry line no problem ,im not sure about the size of the wall tho ,6 ft is legal for a fence and as a normal garage you could get away with it without planning ,any higher tho youll have to get planning ,but if its the side of your house with no restritions cos theres an access you should be OK
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Old 22-12-2009, 10:02   #4
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Get in touch with your local planning department, they are desperate for work. Ask them to come & visit to discuss your proposals, be nice, get to know them. It will be well worth it.
hi mate
When you say planning department do you mean the Council?
Would be nice to know if anybody has had a similar built like that one i want to have just so i can make a case in case of a failed planning permission application.
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Old 22-12-2009, 10:10   #5
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Are you in England? as different rules/guidelines in different areas.

Building up to the boundary shouldn't be a problem, and the access at the side should be benificial too you as it will keep a gap between you and the neighbouring property, which is helpful. 8' high should be ok as it's only single storey.
Yes you need the Planning Department of your local council for advice.
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hi mate
When you say planning department do you mean the Council?
Would be nice to know if anybody has had a similar built like that one i want to have just so i can make a case in case of a failed planning permission application.
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planning is VERY area permitting ,if i was you id drive round and see if anyone in your area has done something similar ,if so then it could be straight frward ,if not heaven knows

i built right up to my bounder on an old house i started out as a lean to ,then put a side on it but it was hard to see from anything and didnt affect any one then i put a garage door on the front ,i never had an issue when i sold it
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Are you in England? as different rules/guidelines in different areas.

Building up to the boundary shouldn't be a problem, and the access at the side should be benificial too you as it will keep a gap between you and the neighbouring property, which is helpful. 8' high should be ok as it's only single storey.
Yes you need the Planning Department of your local council for advice.
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Yes i'm in England, West Yorkshire
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if you are building up to the boundary do not forget the party wall notice, this has to be done and you will need a solicitor or specialist to organize

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hi
What is a party wall notice.
It is referring to the neighbours as they are on the other side of the grass way which is approximately 4metres side.
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if you are building up to the boundary do not forget the party wall notice, this has to be done and you will need a solicitor or specialist to organize

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What is a party wall notice.
It is referring to the neighbours as they are on the other side of the grass way which is approximately 4metres side.
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just checking, you say there is 4m of grass, is that after your boundry?

i'm assuming it is, but was going to say, if its not 4m after your boundry, you'll have to check you are not blocking a right of way access to the field

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Apart from getting the planning sorted you might need to keep mind how you will get access to the back garden after your new attached garage has gone up, bins, garden rubbish etc.

Everything will have to go through the house or garage unless there is another route of access.

As said before, have a walk round your area and see what others have done, that should give a you a reasonable idea about what you can and cannot do and maybe a few ideas as well.

Some councils don't require planning permission for standalone garages under a certain size, whereas they will for a something joined to the house.

Worth checking out yer local councils website, there should be some useful info. that applies to your area.



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Old 22-12-2009, 14:27   #13
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hi mate
Yes i'm in England, West Yorkshire
Have there been any extensions (including garage etc) since the house was built? If not you may well get it under "Permitted Development" if it is less then 70m cube volume.
Whereabouts in W Yorks? does it come under Leeds?
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As other people have said, you'll need to call your Local Council's Planning Department and see what they can tell you.

The rules all change depending on circumstance such as whether you are in a conservation area etc. I'm in the same boat as you in that I should exchange on my new property today (fingers crossed) and am looking to put a garage up when I move in (probably a self build if anybody can recommend one??). I have friends who work in planning, and I shouldn't get any problems (the neighbours have a garage etc), but there were all sorts of rules and regulations! I don't need to apply to planning permission if the garage doesn't exceed a set size, nor should it protrude past the main building. My new garage will be an inch or two shy of the front of the property, so technically, I 'should' be ok, but as I don't fancy having to tage a garage down again, I'll get them to pop by and have a look :-)
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Old 22-12-2009, 14:54   #15
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just checking, you say there is 4m of grass, is that after your boundry?

i'm assuming it is, but was going to say, if its not 4m after your boundry, you'll have to check you are not blocking a right of way access to the field

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It wont be blocking the access as basically the fence at the moment around the boundary of the house will be replaced by the wall that is the side of the garage.
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