Design, Project Management & Planning Regulations

Traditional Oak Construction provide the complete design, project management and planning package.

We are happy to work with clients who have commissioned architects drawings, structural engineering reports and gained planning permission. Our experienced builders and craftsmen construct timber and oak framed buildings to the highest specifications, on time and to budget.

We are equally happy to work with clients from stage one. We will share our experience to give a clear idea of what is practical, possible and affordable. Very often we are able to give our customers ideas they had not yet considered.

Design & Structural Engineering Reports

Cart Lodge DesignFrom simple car barns to multi-bay cart lodges with attached workshops and overhead office space, Traditional Oak Construction are experienced in creating imaginative and elegant timber buildings that complement existing architectural features.

Our designs incorporate internal & external lighting, plumbing & drainage, insulation & energy saving features, security and build quality.

We only use timber from registered Responsible Suppliers.

To stay in keeping with local architectural styles, we prefer to use local materials from local suppliers.

For some buildings, a structural engineering report is required to accompany the planning request. Structural engineering reports covers issues of load bearing, foundations, material usage, joints, support beams and section sizes. Traditional Oak Construction can arrange all structural engineering reports as well as blue prints for planning permission and to meet building regulations.

Planning Permission & Building Regulations

image 9Planning permission is usually required for permanent structures that will change the skyline or access to sunlight for neighbouring property.

The requirements for planning permission vary from building to building. The guidelines* for cart lodges, car barns and garages state:

“Outbuildings are considered to be permitted development, not needing planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the principal elevation.
  • Outbuildings and garages to be single storey with maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of four metres with a dual pitched roof or three metres for any other roof.
  • Maximum height of 2.5 metres in the case of a building, enclosure or container within two metres of a boundary of the curtilage of the dwelling house.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • No more than half the area of land around the “original house”* would be covered by additions or other buildings.
  • In National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites the maximum area to be covered by buildings, enclosures, containers and pools more than 20 metres from house to be limited to 10 square metres.
  • On designated land* buildings, enclosures, containers and pools at the side of properties will require planning permission.
  • Within the curtilage of listed buildings any outbuilding will require planning permission.”


We have extensive experience in organising planning permission for our structures. We routinely meet and exceed all building regulations. We use traditional building materials sourced locally from responsible suppliers. We design cart lodges, garages, summerhouses, stables and outbuildings that complement existing architectural features and regional styles.

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