at our sawmill located in the Medieval Pale of the Ashdown Forest, at Heavegate,
Crowborough Warren, this area was once famous for its water mills producing timber
and flour during the 1840s. These went into decline under the threat of imports
and modern steam power and by the 1980s most were lost to bureaucracy and land
However, some small, family-owned mills survived. Due to a renewed
interest in timber products, Heavegate Sawmill is one of these, owing its success
to dedicated craftsmen creating superior timber frames.
Fashioned from locally
grown English oak, each building has individual attention paid to it using modern
and traditional methods, creating for example, our popular two bay vart barn boasting
over fifty mortise and tenon joints, individual tie beams and the benefit of natural
character. Its sturdy Deal roof which, packed with rafters, creates a support
strong enough for any tile the structure may receive.
are our most popular barns. The bays can be used for workshops, storage, boatsheds,
offices, as well as garages - in any combination. With a useable floor area just
under 30 square metres, these two-bay barns do not normally require planning permission
yet highly versatile, our one-bay barns are often used as garages but can easily
be adapted for a variety of additional uses. Many clients like to maximise storage
space by building a platform in the roof space
and Four Bay Barns
These substantial structures provide a range of outbuildings
under one roof. In conjunction with our corner unit and other modules, they can
be used to form handsome courtyard complexes, designed to suit individual needs.
We can recommend an architect if required.
guide to current planning regulations
Many types of buildings and structures
can be erected in your garden or on the land around your house without the need
to apply for planning permission. These include sheds, garages, greenhouses, accommodation
for pets and domestic animals, summerhouses, sauna cabins and enclosurses (including
you MUST apply for planning permission if any of the following
The proposed building or structure would be closer to a highway than
any part of the existing dwelling house, unless the new building is at least 20
metres from a highway. The term highway includes public roads, footpaths, bridleways
and byways and is less than 5 metres from dwelling.
More than half the area
of land around the existing dwelling would be covered by additions or other buildings.
The proposed building or structure would be used not for domestic purposes
but instead, for example, for parking a commercial vehicle, running a business
or storing goods in connection with a business.
The building or structure
would be more than 4 metres high if it has a ridge root (measure from the highest
ground adjoinging the site).
This is a general guideline and may not apply
if the proposed buildings is in an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty or if the
existing property is listed. Further advice can be sought through local planning
General guide to building regulations
This building is
generally exempt from Building Regulations by virtue of Regulation 9 Schedule
2 Class IV, provided it does not exceed 30 square metres in the floor area and
is situated more than 1 metre from the boundary of its curtilage.
buildings have a useable floor area of approximately 29.72 square metres (the
exact dimensions depend on the choice of bricks) and an overall height of 3.95