Henley On Thames – Garden Room
18th November 2022

Henley On Thames – Garden Room

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NAPC was instructed to secure approval for a garden room located in Henley-On Thames.

Usually, garden rooms fall under Permitted Development Rights, however in this case planning permission was required because the dwelling had its permitted Development Rights removed.

For this project the main consideration would be the impact on the neighbours and surrounding area, ensuring this was minimal.

The Planning Statement:


Careful consideration was given to the location of the site.

Within South Oxfordshire District Council policies, it states that ‘any development proposals should demonstrate that they will not result in significant adverse impacts on the amenity of neighbouring uses, including through the loss of privacy, daylight or sunlight.

NAPC therefore proposed the garden room would be sited to the southwest corner of the rear garden. This area of the garden is well screened by mature tall vegetation which will ensure that neighbouring privacy is not negatively impacted upon, and that there will be no sense of overbearing or loss of light to the adjacent neighbours.


NAPC advised the client on what would be considered an appropriate size considering the surrounding pattern of development and the size of the plot. This garden room was to be utilised as a home office, so it was suggested 20sqm would be comfortable for the applicant, whilst keeping the impact on neighbouring amenities minimal.


SODC states ‘that all new development must be of a high-quality design that reflects the positive features that make up the character of the local area and both physically and visually enhances and compliments the surroundings.

NAPC worked with the garden room provider to ensure the materials complimented the character of the surrounding area and would assimilate within its garden setting. This included external cladding, fenestration, and roof design.

Access and Parking

NAPC ensured the local planning authority there would be no other access to the garden room other than the current existing arrangements. Additionally, there would be no need for additional parking.

The Decision

After submitting this robust planning statement and proactive engagement with the local authority planning officer NAPC secured approval for the erection of this garden room.

Garden Rooms usually do not require planning permission; however, some circumstances may alter this.

Let NAPC ensure that your garden room meets all the requirements and avoid enforcement notices, get in touch with one of our expert planners.