Easement

Hi all!
There has been lots of interesting feedback, particularly about the easement on the property. I guess it is a problem we all face at one stage or another, and based on the number of (garden) sheds I have seen built on one (with a concrete slab), often solved by ignoring its existence.

The current shed on the property is about 30% over the easement as well.

Unfortunately, I have already checked with the council, and they have been very clear that in this case it is a significant easement and they are not going to support any building permit for a structure that includes use of the easement, including any overhang from a structure alongside.

I agree with the various suggestions about a temporary structure, and rather than a slab on the easement, concrete tiles would work, and they can be ‘easily’ lifted in the unlikely situation that the council, or SE water need access.

Would be a good timber storage area for example.

My current thinking is to use the triangular section as seen in the previous post for ancillary machinery (dusty, air compressor), and a machinery storage area for items that are less often used and don’t deserve to take up prime real estate in the shed. The red area behind the shed would not be particularly utilised, other than perhaps a water tank, and storage area for hard rubbish for the annual collection. Alongside the shed, using the space of the easement can be timber storage, in a structure that is easily removed if necessary, including the base. Access to it would be via the door shown in the back right corner of the shed design, and a second door in the end to allow new timber (especially long lengths) to be stored straight in, rather than going via the shed.

All this gives a maximum yield of the back corner of the property, despite its awkward triangular shape. I think it is a pretty good solution, and very functional.

A plan is coming together, and one that works with the local regs and issues to boot.

4 Responses

  1. with all this talk of the easment. what is the easment. we dont have them (by that name anyway) in ireland. is it a slop,dip,channel,ridge etc.
    whats it for
    have you a pic of what you are dealing with

    • An easement is a portion of land which has restrictions placed on it, primarily because of pipes and services below ground level to which access may be required.

      Services such as stormwater, water, electrical, sewage etc.

      By default you cannot build over an easement.

  2. Is there any reason you can’t run the long side of the shed along the boundary fence with the two “dead spaces” opening onto the easment?

    • Unfortunately there is – the wall height of the main section starts at 3.6m and goes up to over 4m. The maximum height on the boundary (and within 1m of the boundary) is only allowed to average 3.0m, and to be no more than 3.6m at any point within the metre.

      Even this design still has a small issue at the back corner of the main section, as one corner of the 3.6 section touches the boundary, and exceeds the height within that metre, so I will probably need council approval for that.

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