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Sally Too



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 12 2:46 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Easier to seek forgiveness than permission.....

Ours has no pp and is in an area of garden that used to be field.

Melli-Jane



Joined: 09 Mar 2011
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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 12 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ummm... perhaps will put it up on a temporary basis and see what happens...
cheers x

Nature'sgrafter



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Location: Sanday , Orkney
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 12 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ask them from what building regulations section they are referencing their information as regards the poly tunnel needing planing permission. Then ask them to send you in righting exactly what construction specifications you were expected to comply to when building the tunnel I.E distance from boundary's other buildings, foundation depths, materials, methods of fixings structural loads required to withstand etc. then if you do just build it and someone complains, and you apply for retrospective permission you already know it is within the rules and they shouldn't have any grounds to refuse.

Bebo



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nature'sgrafter wrote:
Ask them from what building regulations section they are referencing their information as regards the poly tunnel needing planing permission.


Planning consent is completely unrelated to building regulations. It'll be under the planning act somewhere, a document which is open to wide interpretation.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just put it up and tell no-one.

foggy



Joined: 21 Feb 2012
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Happens all the time.

A farmer round here put up a huge storage barn, but got dobbed in about 6 months later by someone who only just realised it was in their view.

As the farmer knew everyone on the parish council it still got the ok!

welsh veg grower



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I had a huge polytunnel on our smallholding before I didnt have pp but a neighbour complained a year or two after and so the planning guy came out. He said you shouldnt have it without pp I said why not and he said well coz!!! He sent a letter saying I should apply for planning and we just ignored it. It's still there many years later and we have moved as well now.

Nature'sgrafter



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Location: Sanday , Orkney
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sorry bebo but every structure erected that requires planing permission is covered under local building regulations that's why you have to submit plans when you want to build something so that they can check it conforms to the regulations. the main issue is to corner the council into giving exact details as to what they expect from a structure being built that is why the building controll officer comes out it is to check you conform. If your local council has no regulations for temporary structure,s get them to admit it, failing that you may find that permission is only required for structures over a certain foot print. Even then you may find that in your area the only regulation's may be the proximity to a boundary or building and the duration that it will be in that location.
My wife is a member of the chartered institute of building surveyors and got our local council to admit they couldn't insist on planning permission as their reg's remained mute on the point of poly tunnels we now have a 60x18 foot tunnel in our garden covered under permitted development. Know your enemy http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/polytunnels.pdf Have a quick read of this

Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Planning consent can be required on things that don't require building regs approval or that building regs don't apply to. For example, if you build a new road you can require planning approval (not always as some things are covered by the Highway Authorities permitted development rights) and that would not fall under the building regs.

Whether polytunnels require consent or not is not straightforward. It depends on its size and siting. If its in your garden or on a farm of more than 5 hectares then it may be covered by permitted development rights. In this case it sounds like it doesn't fall in either of those (6 acres is under the 5ha threshold for agricultural pd rights).

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/polytunnels.pdf

The worse that will happen if you don't apply is that you'll get an enforcement notice to take it down. Its not a criminal offense to not apply for planning in this case (it can be if you demolish a listed structure for example). It's only a little one, just put it up without concreting in any basleplates (they don't need it anyway) and you can take it down easily enough if it becomes an issue. Don't forget even if planning do enforce, you can put in a retrospective application and they can't make you take it down while that is being processed.

Bebo



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In addition, some things are covered by building regs that don't require planning. Residential extensions and loft conversions for example can fall under permitted development rights (if below a certain size on a building that is already unextended, if you are outside a conservation area and the building is not listed), but would require building regs approval.

foggy



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

do you need planning permission for your knickers?

Bebo



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

foggy wrote:
do you need planning permission for your knickers?


As a non-permanent structure, if erected for no more than 28 days a year, no.

Nature'sgrafter



Joined: 22 Feb 2012
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Location: Sanday , Orkney
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

no not unless your taking them down then planning is always a good idea

grinning grunny



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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needed planning for anything over 8 x 6 in the garden.


Is 2.4 x 3.6 any bigger than 8 x 6?

Bebo



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 12 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes. It's closer 8 by 12

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