Decking lands homes in trouble

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HOUSEHOLDERS are being warned to check planning rules before installing decking in their gardens – or they could be forced to remove it.

Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board is to consider two separate cases on Monday in which raised areas of decking were installed without planning permission.

The householders – on Glover Road, Totley, and High Storrs Drive, Bents Green – have both been told to apply for retrospective planning permission.

Complaints had been made regarding both properties’ decking overlooking neighbouring homes.

To reduce the impact both residents have agreed to modifications, which planning officers have recommended for approval meaning the decking should be able to stay. But if members of the planning board decide against approval, the decking will have to be removed or the residents could face enforcement action.

Sheffield Council said rules for decking mean planning permission is required in some cases but not in others – and urged residents to check first.

A spokeswoman said: “Providing decking is no more than 30cm above the ground it is permitted development, not needing planning permission.

“But as with with other extensions and outbuildings, decking or platforms must cover no more than half the garden area.”

Residents are urged to log onto www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/decking/ or call 0114 2734567 for help.