privacy screen height restriction?

27 Apr 2013
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United Kingdom
Can anyone one shed some light on this.

I have a raised decking at the end of my garden. When on it, my head is above the 1.8 (from ground level) fence.

So... I want to build a 'freestanding' privacy screen on the 3 sides of the decking. I will fix vertical timbers to the decking sub frame and then fix horizontal timbers to the top of these above fence height.

How high can I go?

I know an outbuilding cant exceed 2.5 m in height when within 1 m of the boundary.

From what I've read, they are shared fences so i don't want to fix anything to the fences as I will need written consent from the neighbours and that wont happen, plus i'm sure I still cant go higher than 2 m as it will be seen as an extension of the fence if it was attached.

This is why i think freestanding and away from the fences is the best option.

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If you bullt a wall around the 3 sides and then roofed it over, but kept one side open (presumaby the side facing your house), then you could argue it's a curtilage building and not more than 2.5m high.
Then from the point of view of impact (which is what the GPDO is all about) what's the difference?
Just get the fence up around it and have done. If the neighbour complains and some bod comes round from Enforcement, tell him it's a summerhouse which is not finished and there is going to be a roof on it - someday.

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