Inflatable Hot Tub Sparks Planning Row

The owners of an inflatable hot tub recently found themselves subjected to a site inspection after neighbours tipped off planners about their new garden structure.

Bubble trouble: Sarah McLean
Bubble trouble: Sarah McLean. Photo by Andy Commins/ Daily Mirror


Sarah McLean was stunned when council chiefs demanded to know if she had planning permission for her blow-up hot tub.

In a letter sent to her by the local authority, officials told her they wanted to do a “site inspection” on the new structure which had been erected in her garden; but the Lay-Z-Spa is an inflatable, which measures 4ft by 2ft and looks like a children’s paddling pool.

Sarah, 28 and a landlady in Cumbria, said: “It is ridiculous asking me if I have planning permission for an inflatable hot tub. Basically it blows itself up, I fill it with hot water, we get in, relax, then we put it away again. That’s it in a nut-shell. We use it once a week at most – and that’s when we get warm weather, which is not very often at the moment.”

Copeland borough council is now arranging to visit Sarah’s home in Egremont,to check if the tub is a permanent structure.

Pat Graham, director of services, said it would “be a simple process with a five-minute visit”.

Story credit: Daily Mirror


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