Annexe Planning Permission

Garden Annexes And The Caravan Act

When you are building a granny annexe you need to take certain things into account. A major thing you need to think about is planning permission.

If you do not have planning permission, then you cannot build your granny annexe, so you need to make sure it is something you get early on in the granny annexe building process.

The blueprints for a Ancillary Accommodation

What Is Planning Permission and Why Do I Need It?

Planning permission refers to the approval needed for construction, expansion, and demolition and is the thing that allows you to build on your property. You absolutely need to have planning permission before you can even start to do any work on building your granny annexe.

Planning permission and the approval of your build usually falls to the local council. They need to make sure that the granny annexe you plan to build will not be a hindrance or cause any issue. Sometimes in built-up areas, a granny annexe can end up blocking a neighbour’s sunlight or it could be a safety risk if the annexe is blocking important exits in the garden.

Planning permission will look at other things as well. It’s important that it is safe to build an annexe on your property and that it will make a good living space when it is done. When you get planning permission you will need to check that you can get water and sewage pumps safely to the building without causing any disruption. Similarly, you will also need to be able to get electricity to the granny annexe in a way that will not cause you, your loved ones or your neighbour’s harm.

You cannot ignore the planning permission aspect of building any kind of structure on your property and if you willingly neglect to apply for planning permission, or you choose to ignore it if you have your build denied then you are breaking the law.

Different types of builds will require different types of planning permission. Planning permission for a granny annexe can be obtained using something called the caravan act.

Garden Annexes And The Caravan Act

What Is The Caravan Act?

The caravan act was introduced in 1968 and states that you can keep a caravan on your property, but you can keep and build other things on your property providing they fit the caravan acts description of a caravan.

Section 13 of the caravan act gives detailed measurements of what size something needs to fall under to be allowed on the property. Fortunately, these dimensions are quite large and can easily make a granny annexe that is a comfortable living space. Whilst the act specifies that the structure must be movable, it does not specify that it needs to have wheels. All of the annexes are built offsite and then transported to the location that you would like it to stay, so they still fit under the caravan act.

The maximum dimensions allowed under the act are.

  • Depth – External 6.8metres (22 feet 3 3/4 inches)
  • Length – External 20 metres (65 feet 7 1/2 inches)
  • Ceiling Height – Internal 3.05 metres (10 feet 0 inches)
Sycamore Granny Annexe with Pitched Roof
Sycamore: Two-Bed Annexe

How Can Family Annexe Help Me Get Planning Permission?

Here at Family Annexe all of our granny annexes are designed to comply with the caravan act meaning getting planning permission for your granny annexe can be a smooth painless process.

When you get your granny annexe designed and built by Family Annexe, we do all the hard work for you, including getting the planning permission.

Getting the planning permission can be the most stressful part of the building process, with family annexe we take care of all the hard work for you. you will be included and involved in the entire design and building process, but we make sure your job is to take care of your family, while we take care of the other, more stressful side of building a granny annexe.

Get In Touch

If you would like to find out more about granny annexes, get in touch with Family Annexe. We have six unique annexe models available, each providing a safe and cost-effective solution to elderly care.

Family Annexe has an efficient seven-step process, designed to make your annexe experience stress-free and enjoyable. This starts with a free, no-obligation consultation!

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The Bluebell Granny Annexe

Granny Annexe For Small Gardens

If you have a loved one that needs taking care of then you might benefit from a granny annexe. A granny annexe is a great way to keep your loved ones close and make sure that you can always care for them.

One of the best things about a granny annexe is how they are so small and compact, and how they can vary in size. It is thanks to this that you can easily fit a granny annexe into large gardens or if you need to, you can also find a granny annexe for small gardens.

What Is A Granny Annexe?

A granny annexe is a small extension to your house, usually a small building or large shed that is built in your garden. This way, your parents can still live with you on your property but they don’t have to worry about invading your space and being a burden in the family home.

A granny annexe serves as a smaller, more functional house for the elderly. Our Family Annexe granny annexes are perfectly designed to have everything you could possibly need, including a fully fitted, easy to use kitchen and a bathroom with the option to include handrails and bars should you need them.

A granny annexe is perfect if you have a loved one or elderly parent that needs taking care of but doesn’t yet need to go into a home and don’t want to have to lose their independence by going to live with their child.

With a granny annexe, your elderly loved one can still live and great, independent life but be close by and know you are always available when they need help.


Are There Granny Annexe’s For Small Gardens?

The main thing about a granny annexe is it has to be built on your property. This can be anywhere on your property, providing it has been declared safe. This can be great if you have a large garden or better yet some land that you can build on, but what about people with small gardens?

Granny annexes are designed to be small and compact, this makes them easy to manage for the person living in one but also means that they can neatly fit in a garden.

Here at Family Annexe, we have a range of different granny annexes with a variety of different sizes. This way you can find the right size annexe for your garden. 

Our smaller one bed granny annexes, like our 7m x 4.5m Bluebell annexe, are perfectly designed to be small and compact, but without any compromise to quality. You still get the amazing, stylish and easy to manage home, but in a way that makes it perfect for any small garden.

Bluebell Granny Annexe Dimensions

Can I Design My Own Granny Annexe?

If you have a particular space that you want you granny annexe to fill or an unusual, shaped garden that a regular granny annexe won’t fit into, then you can design your own bespoke granny annexe.

We don’t just install granny annexes, but we are involved in the whole process. This includes the designing and development of your bespoke annexe. We understand that for peace of mind you may prefer extra changes be made to ensure your loved one’s safety.

You can work closely with our expert granny annexe designers and make sure that your granny annexe is perfect you and your space. you can also make sure that your loved one has all the facilities that they need as well as any extras and you can be sure that your granny annexe will fit in your garden no matter the size of the space you plan to use.

Building tools and a blueprint

Get In Touch

If you would like to find out more about granny annexes, get in touch with Family Annexe. We have six unique annexe models available, each providing a safe and cost-effective solution to elderly care.

Family Annexe has an efficient seven-step process, designed to make your annexe experience stress-free and enjoyable. This starts with a free, no-obligation consultation!