Question: how big can a Wendy house be?
I want to build a Wendy house for our grandchildren and would like to make it big enough to become a den for them as they get older - but I don’t want problems with neighbours.
What are the planning rules about size and materials?
For a building in a rear garden with a floor area of less than 15 square metres, a roof no more than 2.5 metres high and at least 1 metre from any boundary, planning permission is not currently required.
If it is built of wood, building regulations require it to be at least 2 metres from any other building or combustible fence.
For further details refer to planningportal.co.uk/outbuildings
Explaining Building Control and Regulations
Question: the council say our playhouse needs planning permission
We bought a playhouse for our grandchildren when they visit. It is just over eight-feet high with an upstairs. Our neighbours complained that the children can see over the fence from the upstairs and the council says we need planning permission. Is it worth applying?
Don’t apply for planning permission. Instead, if you put the playhouse on wheels, it is no longer a ‘structure’ or ‘building’ within the meaning of the Planning Acts. So just as with a caravan or mobile field shelter, it will not be subject to planning control. Wheelbarrow wheels, readily available online, are ideal.
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