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A plotted history

If you’re in the market for land to self-build or a house to redevelop, you need to know the property’s planning background before making an investment, says Mike Dade
Regulations change frequently – so projects you couldn’t have taken on a few years ago are possible today. Homes can now be created from ex-commercial premises. Designed by Phillips Tracey (www.phillipstracey.com) this threebedroom house replaces an old doctor’s surgery. To adhere to planning restrictions on changes to the street view, the home was set back from the highway and hidden behind the remnants of an old brick wall

Knowing the history of a site, or a property for conversion, will give you a good indication of how any future planning applications will fare. Many plots have a chequered history – with past refusals and maybe even appeals – and you need to know about this to make an informed decision before you make a purchase.

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The December edition of Build It magazine is packed with practical advice and inspirational projects to help you make a success of your scheme, including: • A budget-friendly self-build home (page 20) • Underfloor heating vs radiators (page 69) • Getting lighting right (page 77) • 10 steps to self-build design success (page 81) • Does your plot have real potential? (page 96) … and more!