A woman cannot extend her garden onto a school playing field in Chalfont St Peter, planners have ruled.

Mrs Monique Millington had planned to erect a shed and fencing on a playing field owned by Thorpe House School.

However, Buckinghamshire Council officers rejected her plans to change the use of a small corner of the grounds to enlarge her garden at 8 Farmers Place.

They told the applicant that the change of use from part of a school site to a residential garden would be a material change of use of the land, which requiring ‘express’ planning permission.

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They added: “Furthermore, the fence and shed would also require a planning application, as they are not permitted development, given the existing lawful use of the land.”

The headteacher of Thorpe House Jake Burnett admitted in an email last year that the school would be ‘willing to sell the area of land’.

The small parcel of land is in a corner of the school’s playing field but does not cover part of any sports pitches.

However, planners said the shed would be sited on land that does not have a lawful residential use and is ‘not within the residential curtilage of the dwelling’.