By Aimee Stevens

Planning law is known to be a complex area of law and is often difficult to interpret. A recent decision by the Planning Inspectorate (reference: APP/B9506/C/17/3187537) has shown just how important it is to pay attention to the details when considering planning matters.

The case concerned permitted development rights under The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (SI 2015/596) (“GDPO”). This Order effectively grants planning permission in respect of certain developments, which are known as permitted development rights. One such permitted development is for “buildings within the curtilage of the dwellinghouse” although there are limitations and conditions on what can be built. The owner of the property in this case erected a a steel framed Garden Room which only had a finger width gap between it and the main property. It was originally held that this was in breach of the GDPO.