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Old 30-07-2017, 05:29 PM   #1
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Hi all,
Moving home in a few weeks and had to dismantle my 10x7ft 00 and 009 layout in my garden shed. That's the bad news. The good news is that the house we are moving to is a new build and has an intregal garage 22x10 and it is all mine. . The issue I have and have been unable to find a definitive answer to is do I need permission for Change of Use from the Local Authority and/or do I need to adhere to any Building Regs. I would like to have wall boards put over the bare wall (more for aesthetic reasons than for insulation) but keep the floor the same. The only walls exposed to the outside is the rear entrance and the garage door. I am not allowed to remove the garage door due to local bylaws so I thought of putting up a stud wall to hide the doors metal interior and to provide a thermal break.
Any advice would be most welcome
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Old 30-07-2017, 05:47 PM   #2
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Welcome to this Forum CDRC, i am not up to speed on the garage change of use, but people store all sorts of gear in garages and my closes 3 neighbors garages have never seen a car inside them. As for the leaving the floor i would do the floor rather than the wall if it had to be one or the other polystyrene sheet with Chipboard floor in top..
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Old 30-07-2017, 06:04 PM   #3
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So long as the garage door(s) are in place and the garage is not converted into a habitable room, in that you can't live or sleep in it you don't need any permission.
I've been using my garage for years. Last thing that needs to be in a garage is my car!
I laid a cheap and quite large plastic tarpaulin (market stall purchase) over the concrete floor and then a large piece of ex lounge carpet ontop. It's been there for at least 12 years now.
Broken? It was working when I left it!
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Old 30-07-2017, 07:32 PM   #4
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I have done as you propose and built stud walls in my garage ( which nowhere near as large as the space you have) to section it off into three parts, the front ( behind the main garage door) for wheelie bins and bikes etc; the rear as a workshop; and the new middle section as a railway room........I built doors in each stud wall so that thru passage could still be achieved if absolutely necessary and if anyone dared.........locks and bolts have been fitted to secure the railway room !,,,,,,,see some construction photos......good luck
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Old 13-08-2017, 04:26 AM   #5
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I think it looks a great frame for your layout. 009 will be ideal for it as well! Should give you a nice run.
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Old 13-08-2017, 12:08 PM   #6
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Looks like a nice comfortable room. Very important in the winter. John
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Don't forget, if your garage door is up & over to allow for the top of the door pushing into the top of the garage head space so your stud wall must allow for this, that is if you are ever likely to need to open it........HB
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Old 13-08-2017, 08:57 PM   #8
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Was something I was told my grandad either invented or had some input on inventing... Up and over garage doors. Mind you, we used to have one here and we just could not get the thing to go right. Turns out the framework was just slightly out. Prior to this my dad tried everything! I'd be holding the spring tight while he tightened the spring...
In the end, as the garage was rarely used as it was too short for most cars my dad had a normal door and windows instead. I used to have my layout in there with an 8X4 board. Unfortunately the layout had steel rails back then and they used to rust when the mists came in.
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If it helps, I converted my garage into an office - see photos. The garage doors have been replaced with double glazed patio doors, new lighting installed, a small kitchen area fitted and a 5kw wood burner installed.

My local council came to visit and inspect just after I bought the house and they advised that whilst planning permission is not required, they do have to issue "consent" once all works are completed as it is changing from a garage to a habitable room.

Today I am lagging the roof space in accordance with the inspectors guides and the final job will be to fit guttering with the relevant soak away into the garden.

The inspector then comes back to view and sign off.

If your garage essentially remains as a garage but with a model railway in it, you won't need planning permission.
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Old 28-01-2018, 09:23 AM   #10
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That looks good Andy. Funny how dogs always get the best seat in the house. R-
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