I own a property in a Conservation Area which has an original outside toilet at the bottom of the garden which has been used for years as a store shed. It is in a very dilapidated state and a danger to my children. I want to demolish it but have I got to get permission to do this?
Conservation Area consent will not be required for such a demolition as it is not usually necessary to obtain Conservation Area consent for the demolition of any building smaller than a double garage. An outside toilet would obviously be a lot smaller than a double garage and accordingly no consent is required to demolish it.
There are, however, exceptions to this rule. If there was a lane leading to it and the back boundary wall could be affected the Local Authority would need to investigate as to whether a separate form of consent would be required under the Planning, Listed Buildings and Conservation Act 1990.
If it was a Listed Building and the outhouse was built at the same time as the main building, or pre 1948, the Local Authority would need to investigate further as to whether consent would be required.