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Do I Need Planning Permission for my Swimming Pool? - Edge Leisure

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We’re no strangers to the abstract concept of logistics here at Edge Leisure. Indeed, it often seems we spend half our lives buried in nonsensical paperwork trying to make head or tail of what we’re supposed to write in the little yellow box, and where we’re supposed to tick and if this part of the form is actually for us or not. What a nightmare. Of course, fortunately, we spend the other half of our time building some of the most lavish, beautiful and incomparably functional swimming pools about, so it’s not all bad news. Furthermore, whilst getting a swimming pool in your home is virtually hassle free, there is just one little snippet you might be concerned about, and as such we’re here to help on that very matter! Here’s what to do about planning permission for your pool!

So, the good news is, the chances are you do not need planning permission, however that is subject to the construction and location being kept strictly in line with these rules.

  • The enclosure or pool cannot run along adjacent to a road. This rather simple concept is written officially as ‘”No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway”. Essentially, if you might be encroaching on a highway, or a nearby road in other words, there’s a chance you’ll need planning permission.
  • Only 50% of the land around your home can be worked on or added to significantly – this refers to buildings, pools or anything else that doesn’t involve simple gardening or landscaping.
  • You are of course restricted if you live in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Green Belt, listed buildings or Conservation.

When it comes to buildings, as opposed to simply pools or small enclosures, there’re a few more rules that apply!

  • Buildings need to only be a single story, whilst 2.5 metres is the height limit for eaves. Similarly, 3 metres is the maximum height for a building with any standard roof.
  • Raised platforms such as balconies or verandas are not allowed.

Whilst it’s always worth checking this type of thing with the local authorities, our swimming pool builders are highly experienced in all aspects of the construction and logistics, and will be able to offer advice upon discussing all your requirements! Whether you’d like more information, or you’re ready to take the plunge and start work in your pool, give us at Edge Leisure call today!