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Property know-how with George

This month property developer, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces, George Clarke, talks about the joys and frustrations of the planning process
Photo Lizzie Orme

The planning process drives me mad. It is inefficient, too complicated, too slow and has too much red tape. Development plans are set by the local council, there are very strict and definitive policies and design guidelines that determine what is acceptable for a new home or modifications to an existing home. You then spend lots of money on architectural fees and submissions and all it takes is for an individual planner or someone on the planning committee to say ‘I don’t like it’ and your planning application is refused. I’ve been there so many times over the years and I’ve then had to spend even more money going to appeal to win on something that should have been granted approval in the first place.

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Can you believe it’s Christmas time already? Where on earth has this year gone? But don’t panic, we’ve got all you need in this issue to make sure your festive celebrations go smoothly. We’ve been scouring the high street and internet to find the most brilliant gift ideas for your family and friends (p.40) and they’re all under £50 – because let’s face it, we’re all on a budget this year aren’t we? We’ve also got some gorgeous decorating ideas and styling tips that are quick and easy to achieve and will make your home look really magical (p.36). If you love entertaining at Christmas, turn to page 100 where we’ve got some new twists to try on the traditional festive fare (take it from me, the maple roasted potatoes are divine!). But if you’d rather not spend time slaving over a hot stove during the festive season, we’ve also picked the best fuss-free food and drink from the supermarkets to make feeding family and friends a breeze (p.104). I know that some of you will be taking the opportunity to do a spot of decorating over the holiday season, so we’ve made sure there’s lots to inspire you in this issue. From our opulent room schemes on page 20, to our beautiful bedroom makeovers (p.24), you’re sure to find something that makes you want to pick up a paint brush. However you plan to spend the coming weeks, whether it’s celebrating or decorating, I’d like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year from all the Your Home team.
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