Always Get Planning Permission Before You Start Work!

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When carrying out certain work at home, you should always make sure you check to see if planning permission is necessary for the job in question or you could find that you have to undo all your hard work at great financial cost.

As a cautionary tale, read this article on the Daily Record site, revealing how one couple were ordered by their local council to turn their new garden – which they had spent their £22,000 life savings on – back into wasteland after falling foul of planning regulations.

Adam and Barbara Keatinge bought the land adjacent to their home and turned it into a garden area for their children. After erecting a fence and landscaping the garden, they were then informed by West Lothian Council that the change of use of the land and the new fencing were refused because of the potential impact on integrity of the woodland and open space.

Mr Keatinge said: “We have found the whole episode very exhausting. We now have three months to remove the fence, reinstall the original fence and return the land to its original condition. It has cost us a lot of money and time for a strip of land that is 200 square metres.”

You will likely need planning permission in place if you want to build something new, make a major change to your building or change its use – but if you’re not sure, it is always a good idea to check with your local council so you know you won’t have any nasty surprises later down the line.

For help with house extensions in Milton Keynes, get in touch with HBB today.