Shepherd Huts, Planning Permission & Do You Need It?

We live in the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park. A region that has a spectacularly beautiful and varied landscape and a planning authority that intends to ensure it stays that way.

Sheep in our meadow

Down the lane from our house is our little flower filled field which is home to our tiny flock of sheep and we believe, the perfect place to pop a couple of shepherd huts.

Do we need planning permission?

The answer is, it depends. We don’t need planning permission to put huts on the land if they are for our own use but if we intended to rent them to holiday makers we would need permission to change the use of the land. Whenever shepherd huts are used for commercial/rental purposes this is likely to be the situation.

It can be confusing but generally speaking you won’t need planning permission to site a shepherd’s hut if you want to place your hut in your garden or on a parcel of land if it’s for personal use. This makes a shepherd’s hut a fantastic option if you need an additional room but are unable to gain planning permission for an extension. And don’t forget, unlike an extension, you can take your shepherd’s hut with you if you move!

However if you intend to use your hut as holiday accommodation or if you want to live in it permanently then you may need apply for change of use for the land it will be sited on.

As our attention is firmly fixed on building shepherd huts for others we have decided to keep our meadow with its two shepherd huts to ourselves for now. The first is our guest bedroom come bolt hole where we can often be found tucked up with the log burner roaring – our own personal haven when we need a night away and don’t have time for a holiday. The second, smaller hut is our quiet office which is perfect for getting work done without distractions, all of which is enjoyed without planning permission.

If you want to discuss how the planning laws may impact on you or if you would like to come along and take a look at our huts then drop us a line or give us a call.

Josephine Tel: 07761 983312 or

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