Garages and accesses Q & A DCP Section 12.1

This section is concerned with domestic garages, accesses, parking areas etc., which are developed after the initial erection of dwellings. The erection of gates, which may be allied to the formation of an access, is discussed at (12.3). The loss of garages to conventional domestic use, or the loss of parking space in a dwelling curtilage, is dealt with at (10.4). Agricultural accesses are considered at (22.3).

Q & A    12.1/10

My colleague is dealing with an application for a two-storey side extension which includes a 'carport'.  The so-called 'carport' has garage doors at both ends and is enclosed at the side by a wall.  There is a difference of view as to whether the 'carport' is really a garage.  For the purposes of clarity with the application description, do you know if anyone has attempted to define the differences between a carport and a garage?

I am not aware that these terms have been defined for the purposes of planning law and practice. It is therefore necessary to rely on their ordinary meanings. The Concise Oxford English dictionary defines a carport as a "roofed open-sided shelter for cars" and a garage as "a building or shed for the storage of motor vehicles". However, as in the overwhelming majority of cases car ports will be operational development enclosing a volume of space to be counted against permitted development, or other allowances for house extensions, this is of little practical relevance.


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