Addition of sloped roof to garage blocking our light

Addition of sloped roof to garage blocking our light

Do I Need Permission - Ask An Expert Our neighbours have started to add a sloped roof to their garage which is built on the boundary wall between our properties. They are adding approx. 1m to the height of the garage blocking out the light from our kitchen window. The garage will be about 3.5m tall above the 1.6m boundary wall after completion making a total height of 5.1m. Are they allowed to do this or do they need planning permission
Question Posted By – jacqueline whiteside In Area – West Central Scotland

  1. Michael HydeMichael Hyde06-01-2014

    Hello Jacqueline. Anyone can normally alter, maintain or improve a building in their curtilage (i.e. garden) without the need for a planning application, unless certain specified limitations are exceeded. In the situation that you are describing these would be if the height of the eaves would exceed 3 metres; any part of the development would exceed 4 metres in height; or any part of the development within 1 metre of the boundary of the curtilage of the dwellinghouse would exceed 2.5 metres in height. From what you are saying, the new height of the garage would be 5.1 metres, and so the limitations would be exceeded. It therefore does appear that your neighbours should have submitted a planning application for the alterations, and you should have been notified by the Council as a neighbour. In the first instance, I would suggest that you discuss your concerns with the Council. They would probably ask one of their Enforcement Officers to pop out to have a look at what is taking place. Regards. Mike

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