Portsmouth Garden Sheds
Portsmouth Gardens and Sheds Getting Smaller
However, with the limited amount of land available it’s inevitable that this will push the price of properties up making it hard for people to get onto the property market. I do remember when my wife and myself bought our property in 1977 and having to make the decision that there would be no holidays for at least 3 years as the payments were quite high. One of the attractions for me was a massive garden shed built across the bottom of the garden. This was not a mass produced shed but one the previous owner had built him self and this stayed for many years until after I started my garden shed company.
When I was in a rented property in Portsmouth I have a master plan to grow mushrooms on one of these ‘get quick schemes’. I needed a garden shed for this where they could be grown in the dark so I did actually build myself one from old house floorboards and floor joists cut into 2×2 framing. What my neighbours thought of this monstrosity of a garden shed cum workshop – I never found out.
Over in Northern Ireland they considered introducing new planning laws to stop the building of new homes on small garden plots. This often meant that the garden was reduced in size with even garden sheds being disposed of so the home owner could make the most of their little bit of land. Their arguments were that the building of more homes had been linked with their wider strategy of flood prevention. By more gardens being lost there was less open ground left to absorb the rainfall and increasing the risk of flooding where these garden had been.
Also in Northern Ireland they were proposing to make greater use of water permeable paving slabs in built up areas to boost their flood protection. This hopefully will help where the garden space has been lost. Concerns had also been raised over the lost of open green spaces and back gardens which is, potentially, a great problem for the future.
The Northern Ireland minister, Edwin Pools stressed the importance of ensuring that new housing developments fit into the local environment and also the local character of the residential areas. He further said that the draft policies include a certain amount of flexibility which allows for greater density housing schemes where the use of imagination and innovation will play a greater part in the future. This will help to protect the existing gardens and garden buildings from being built upon.
Only recently schemes to convert industrial buildings into houses with small gardens was announced. And in Portsmouth, steps are being made to check on peoples garden sheds online to ensure that they are not being lived in. I’m a great believer that people should be able to do what they want on their own property provided they don’t annoy or affect their fellow citizens in doing so.
Resourceful Garden Sheds in Portsmouth
Besides these sort of uses the garden shed can reign supreme as a garden office where the basic of your home business can take place. Very useful where you need a little space away from the house for your paperwork and maybe answering a phone. It does be a little more involved if you employ people as planning permission is likely to be required also you need to be aware of any Health and Safety issues because you do not want to get sued – do you?
Pauline Barnett, the pioneering fundraiser, who lived in West Bromwich actually set up one of the town’s first charity sheds in her timber garden shed over 30 years ago. She also believed that the garden shed was for more than just storing lawn mowers and other garden equipment. And over a period of 20 years she was able to raise £65,000 from her garden shed for the Williams Syndrome Foundation by selling second hand clothes from this resourceful garden building.
It was an novelty for a shed to be used like this and was called ‘The Shed Store’ – surprisingly and attracted visitors from a great distance, Mrs Barnett’s daughter, Sue, said that people used to come from miles around and, in fact, one woman used to come over from Ireland with an empty suit case just to visit The Shed Store and fill it with bargains.
If you are thinking of setting up an small business in Portsmouth then 1st Choice has a range of wooden, plastic and metal sheds to choose from. With any size shed from 6×4 up to 26×14 and which can be adapted to suit your needs you can make your shed work for you and you could become one or the 1000’s of new businesses which start life in a garden shed each year.
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