Lizard 'Shed of the Year' entrant in hot water over holiday let with no planning permission

The Jack Sparrow, which is rented out as a holiday let, has no planning permission

The Jack Sparrow, which is rented out as a holiday let, has no planning permission

First published in Cornwall

The owner of a pixie inspired 'shed' near St Keverne that was entered into the Channel 4 Shed of the Year competition has found himself in hot water, after planners started enforcement action as the holiday let has no planning permission.

Called the Jack Sparrow, the shed, which is rented out as a holiday let accommodating two adults and two children, has been named a finalist in the "most unique" category of the 2014 Shed of the Year competition.

However the owner, Jonathan Melville-Smith, has been told to remove it because it does not have planning permission, with Cornwall Council saying the issue has been passed on to the authority's enforcement team.

It is fitted with a gas cooker, toilet and even a mezzanine that provides a view over the Falmouth Bay, which is particularly special at sunrise or sunset. And by all accounts, on several occasions the Jack Sparrow has been strongly influential on couples staying there.

“It’s a romantic and special place,” he said. “Many have their honeymoons there and some couples even get engaged.” The Jack Sparrow follows on from a previous creation of Jonathan’s – the Tree Sparrow House.

Planners say that they are concerned that the the structure has an adverse visual impact on an area of outstanding natural beauty.

His garden also contains a tree house and two gypsy caravans, which he also lets.

Mr Melville-Smith told the BBC: "At the time I didn't really think garden sheds needed planning permission. I didn't set it out as a holiday let. I suppose I thought at the time, 'It's a shed'."

Adding that he is applying for a change of use for his garden, however Cornwall Council planners say they will not support his application

Mr Melville-Smith calls the creation “unusual and fairy-tale like”, as he based the design on Cornish pixie houses. “People really love it,” he said. “They love it for its quirkiness and because it’s cosy.

“It stretches the imagination beyond normal realms.”

Jonathan felt the competition bid “went really well” and he is now awaiting the result.

 

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8:55am Fri 1 Aug 14

Helston John says...

If its in his garden dont see what it looks like if it's a shed is any concern of the council. And if people want to rent out the shed in their own garden don't see why not, if I want to live in my garage or shed or porch I will.
If its in his garden dont see what it looks like if it's a shed is any concern of the council. And if people want to rent out the shed in their own garden don't see why not, if I want to live in my garage or shed or porch I will. Helston John
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8:56am Fri 1 Aug 14

Helston John says...

Dictatorship of Cornwall Council. Like the Helston C Cllrs.
Dictatorship of Cornwall Council. Like the Helston C Cllrs. Helston John
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5:23pm Fri 1 Aug 14

molesworth says...

Checked it out, a shed can't be used as sleeping accommodation unless planning permission has been granted. Shame, quite like the look of old Jack Sparrow...
Checked it out, a shed can't be used as sleeping accommodation unless planning permission has been granted. Shame, quite like the look of old Jack Sparrow... molesworth
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