An outbuilding is a non-habitable building that is normally located at the end of your garden. The use of the outbuilding is up to you, some popular uses include offices, sauna cabins, gym, games room, storage, studio and pool house. Outbuilding drawings fall under Permitted Development and would not need planning permission unless you live in a listed building.
An outbuilding is a great way to create space for additional rooms for activities that you cannot do in your main house such as a gym or office space. Many find that outbuilding drawings are quite cost-effective and practical due to several factors such as limited space in the house but have plenty of space in the garden.
It is important to note that an outbuilding cannot be used as a self-contained accommodation such as a bedroom, kitchen or bathroom. If the purpose of an outbuilding is to accommodate people such as an elderly relative or use it as a holiday let, then planning permission would be required to change the use of the building otherwise it is not permitted under ‘Permitted Development Rights’ (alterations you can make without planning permission).
Planning will be required if you live in the grounds of a listed home or if your home is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Park, Conservation Area or another type of specially designated land. With Inspired Plans, you can be sure to get the best outbuilding drawings and technical architectural assistance in creating an additional space in your garden.
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