A garage is regarded in planning terms as parking space for a car. The Borough Design Guide stipulates on page 57, that “..where a garage space is converted into a room, then the parking space will need to be replaced.” This means additional parking provision will be needed, usually in the front garden.
If the additional parking space is to be provided in the front garden, then this space must comply with requirements for front gardens as described in the previous section.
Existing garages in older properties do not usually meet the requirements for habitable accommodation in terms of insulation, particularly floors and walls. All conversions have to meet current building regulations.