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Planning laws could be relaxed to allow homeowners to build bin sheds in their front gardens to stop pretty pretty conservation areas from being spoilt. 

Michael Gove's Levelling Up department is consulting on whether to let people build the storage without planning permission in a move to stop unsightly wheelie bins cluttering up the streets. 

This would include homes in conservation areas, areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks, and World Heritage sites. 

The consultation document reads: 'This can lead to "bin blight" with wheelie bins dominating front gardens and impacting on the local amenity of residential streets. We are proposing to allow bin and bike stores in front gardens under this permitted development right.' 

The current draconian laws mean people aren't able to construct a bike or bin shed on their front lawns without the permission of their local authority. 

One street in Bristol currently has to put out 13 separate bags on bin day, cluttering up the street and creating an 'eyesore'

One street in Bristol currently has to put out 13 separate bags on bin day, cluttering up the street and creating an 'eyesore' 

Michael Gove 's Levelling Up department is consulting on whether to let people build the storage without planning permission in a move to stop unsightly wheelie bins cluttering up the streets

Michael Gove 's Levelling Up department is consulting on whether to let people build the storage without planning permission in a move to stop unsightly wheelie bins cluttering up the streets

Sarah Lee, of the Countryside Alliance, welcomed the changes and told The Telegraph that 'poorly positioned wheelie bins and the abundance of multiple bins have marred many streets and communities'.

What are the currently planning laws on bin sheds?  

Anyone wanting to build a bin shed in their front gardens currently has to get planning permission from their local authority. 

Like sheds, playhouses, greenhouses, and garages, they are classed as 'outbuildings'.

A maximum height of 8ft is allowed for enclosures that are built within 6.5ft of the home. 

Source: Planning Portal 

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