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Splendid isolation

Can Carl and Amy Briant get planning permission for a knock-down-andrebuild or a conversion project in the idyllic Kent countryside? Mike Dade looks at the viability of their proposed scheme and how to move forward

PLOT WATCH: Mike Dade investigates

WHO Carl and Amy Briant

WHAT The couple want to create a new home on a rural plot with countryside views. They’ve seen a ruined farmyard, complete with what looks like a very small former cottage. Will they be able to get the planning permission to either knock down and rebuild or convert it?

WHERE Kent

Carl and Amy Briant are looking for a rural plot with countryside views. They recognise that sites with such a description are few and far between and, while replacing an existing house could provide the a setting they’d like, this can be an expensive option. A barn conversion would be ideal, but again, opportunities are scarce in the south east. Recently, when out on a country walk, the couple noticed a ruined farmyard, complete with what looks like a tiny former cottage. The situation and views are fantastic. Could this be a realistic option for them?

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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!
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