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Can I Build A Granny Annexe In My Garden?

Can I build a Granny Annexe in my Garden?

If like many other people, you have been looking at granny annexes and thinking that you have a big enough garden for one, you may be wondering, can I build a granny annexe in my garden?

Well without measuring your garden and having a good look at the site, we can’t say for definite yes or no. But there are some things we consider when determining if you can build a granny annexe in your garden.

Have a read to clear the confusion around planning permission and simple steps to finding out if you can build a granny annexe in your garden.

Granny Annexe Planning Permission

If you ask 5 people if you need planning permission to build an annexe it is quite likely you will be told 5 different answers. But, take it from us, the annexe professionals, if you want to build a granny annexe in your garden, with someone living in it every day, then yes you will either need planning permission or a certificate of lawfulness from your Local Planning Authority (LPA).

The confusion about whether you do or don’t need planning permission often arises because some buildings that are built not for people to live in, don’t need permission.

So, what would you need to do next?

Get Professional Help To Build A Granny Annexe

If you were to take a look at the planning permission guidance and information on the government’s website, it can be a little bit overwhelming and suddenly your idea to build a granny annexe in your garden isn’t such an attractive proposition.

All the more reason to call in the professionals like us here at iHUS!

We will look after the planning permission process for you. With us, you are in safe hands! Over ninety per cent of our client’s planning applications are approved, so it’s fair to say that we have a successful hit rate.

What we would recommend as a good starting point is to have an onsite consultation and we offer an entirely free consultation with one of our highly trained team of experts.

By getting some expert advice at the very beginning of the granny annexe build process you will save time and quite possibly save you some money too. Plus, before you apply for planning permission you will know if you can build a granny annexe in the garden.


Can I Build a Granny Annexe Under The Caravan Act?

Ah yes, you may have heard of the caravan act as a way around having to get planning permission. This isn’t quite the case, so let us explain how The Caravan Act works.

When applying for planning permission, your Local Planning Authority will consider the application to be developing the land with a permanent structure and take into account:

  • The surrounding land
  • How the proposed building will look
  • How it will fit in or effect any neighbours and
  • If the proposed structure will affect any neighbouring buildings and land

The Caravan Act is for the process of building what are classed as temporary structures.

Many of our structures can be adapted to meet the three key criteria set out in the Caravan Act regarding size, mobility and construction method.

As we said earlier, if you speak to an expert at the earliest possible time of the process, they will go through all of the options available and with their knowledge and expertise. They will then be able to choose the best route to a successful build for you and your land.

Simple Steps To Follow For A Successful Granny Annexe Build

It is worth noting that not every planning application is going to be successful, not all Local Planning Authorities will be entirely clued up on Granny Annexes and some applications will be turned down on the basis that they are deemed to be too big for the land they are planned to be built on.

But that isn’t to say you won’t be able to have your dream annexe. We will continue to work with you until we get it through the planning permission stage, even if that means going back to the drawing board.

Here are some simple steps you can follow to give you the best chance of building a Granny Annexe in your garden.

  1. Book a free, on-site consultation. As we said before, we offer free consultations so you can get all the expert advice without having to pay a penny upfront.
  2. Let the professionals like us at iHUS look after the planning permission application.
  3. Be wary of accepting advice from friends (no matter how knowledgeable they appear to be) about applying for planning permission for a Granny Annexe. Always, always ask the professionals or have a look at our iHUS Community page to hear from people who have gone through the process with us.
  4. There is no 100% guarantee that an application will be successful. But, in the hands of professionals, you will stand a very good chance of getting permission (over 90% if you choose iHUS)

Get In Touch

You will quite likely have more questions now and be very keen to get started, so please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Our team of experts will be more than happy to have a chat about the process, provide more information on the types of Granny Annexes that we build and get a date in your diary for a free, on-site consultation.