Garage door removel / planning permission

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"Tony Gent" wrote | Thanks for all your advice. I think I will put in a second side door | and block the up n over door form the inside. | What nobody knows wont hurt um eh.
You'll need Building Regs approval for the new opening for the side door.
You could replace the up and over door with a pair of timber side-hung doors, draughtproofed and well insulated but still openable for getting big stuff in and out, and have a small door inset into one of the big doors for pedestrian access.
Owain
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Several years ago I rang up the council building control to ask about putting a side door in a brickbuilt garage. Their reply was along the lines of
"Yes, in theory this is a structural alteration, but it is too trivial for us to bother with - just go and do it - we are not interested"
James
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Mike Harrison wrote:

It should be fine if you just do it, it's just a garage/workshop anyway (although why people'd want to keep a wet, salty car in their workshops beats me).

I removed an up'n'over steel door from my garage (mind your *fingers* on the *spring*, Malcom!), and the partition built as above. This gave me an extra metre of space, worth having, *and* meant a considerable reduction in draughts and in-blown water. The construction involved removing the door as above, and the two concrete uprights. I laid a 4x2 about 1" off the (uneven) concrete floor, and constructed studwork off this to another 4x2 under the concrete lintel that ran above the up'n'over. A 6' x 30" door with two locks is on one side, a square window above work bench height on the other. I inserted a DPM under the base plate, and packed in mortar (sharp/cement/ waterproofer). Facing is 1/2" Sterling board overlaid with horizontal feather edge. Great! No leaks, or draughts, or condensation!
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