Erection of skateboard ramp constitutes building operation

Enforcement against a skateboard ramp in a rear garden at a residential property in a Fife settlement has been upheld as a breach of planning control requiring planning permission.

The reporter in the case observed that the skateboard ramp had been constructed from the component parts of two ramps connected by a base board and surmounted by a running surface made of plywood creating a half pipe structure. Accordingly, and given its overall dimensions of over seven metres in length, over two metres width and 2.4 metres high, she considered it to be a structure and therefore a building within the meaning of the Act. The appellant had argued that the ramp was supplied as a self-build kit that slotted together, in a similar way to self-assembly flat-pack furniture or garden trampolines and did not constitute a building or engineering operation. But the reporter disagreed, stating that while she acknowledged that the kit included pre-cut joists and pre-drilled boards, in her view the size and complexity of the structure indicated that its assembly and installation involved building operations. Furthermore, in considering whether the structure was permitted development as a raised platform under Class 3D of the Scottish GPDO the reporter held that although the base of the ramp’s running surface was nine centimetres in height, and therefore met the requirements , the floor level of each of the platform decks was approximately 1.5 metres off the ground which was higher than the 0.5 metre requirements. The reporter concluded that the skateboard ramp required planning permission.

Reporter: Amanda Chisholm; Written representations

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