"No, you don’t have a right to turn your garage into a meditation room"

    A resident has been refused the automatic right to be able to turn his double garage into a ‘meditation and restorative room.'

    Andrew Elderton, of Hockliffe Brae, in Walnut Tree, had applied to Milton Keynes Council for a certificate of lawfulness for the proposed conversion.

    Mr Elderton told the council: “My proposal passes the permitted development tests as it is an existing double garage being converted into to a meditation and restorative room just as similar garage conversions to habitable rooms do not require planning permission under permitted development.”

    He said the changes would mean replacing two garage doors with windows and having vapour and damp proof membranes, insulation and finishes.

    However, council planners disagreed, and in her decision report, Charlotte Ashby, said the proposed conversion would fail to comply with general permitted development rights.

    “The Certificate of Lawfulness may not therefore be granted,” she said.

    Mr Elderton has been told that he has the right to appeal against the council’s decision.

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