I am considering putting an additional â€˜living spaceâ€™ in my back garden â€“ in this space here - >
proposed cabin position
. It would be a timber structure similar to a shomera.
View from front
â€“ which I plan to screen off from view.
I have no neighbours as such to the south side (looking inward from south
) â€“ borders a piece of greenspace belonging to the estate. Also no houses to the back (overlooking west/back
) â€“ a stream beyond the boundary. The landowner is struggling to get planning permission â€“ and if this does happen, its unlikely to be developed right up against my back garden because of the nature of the site.
View looking in towards neighbours back garden from the intended position of the cabin => neighbouring property
As I know that back of house development is frowned upon, I donâ€™t want to apply for planning permission on the basis of the intended purpose of the cabin ie. Living space. The structure wont be far off the 25m2 planning exempt development (approx. 28m2 is envisaged) were it intended for any other purpose other than living in it.
Q1. Would I be right in thinking its unlikely that a planning officer would come knocking on the door unless someone brought it to his attention?
Q2. It only really could bother one person â€“ the adjoining neighbours. From the photo above, would you be likely to be upset if you were the neighbour?
Q.3 I need to have a plan in case things go pear shaped. If I get a visit from planning, Iâ€™m assuming theres little chance of getting retention on this type of structure as a living space. Is it fair enough to say that I stand a very good chance of getting retention on it as a home office/study and using it as such from that point onwards?
Q4. Someone suggested to me that for planning exemption, the 25m2 is measured in terms of floor area. If having had a visit from the planning officer I put up an internal stud wall to block off the 3m2 to bring it back below the 25m2 floor area allowable, would they be prepared to reinspect on this basis?