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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > April 2017 > What to do if… your planning application is rejected

What to do if… your planning application is rejected

A planning refusal doesn’t have to mean the end of the road for your dream home project. Mike Dade looks at four enlightening case studies that will help you decide on the best route forward

With all the hard work and emotion that gets poured into designing your dream home, it can be immensely frustrating to be faced with a refusal of planning permission. The good news, though, is that sometimes you can adjust your scheme to address objections and resubmit a scheme that stands a better chance of success. In other situations, there may be no way forward with the council – in which case there’s the option of lodging an appeal.

How to deal with a refusal

The best way to deal with your application being turned down will vary from case to case. So here I’m going to explain the basics of refusals, resubmissions and appeals.

An application can be rejected either by the local authority’s planning officers, under so-called delegated powers, or by the planning committee (presided over by the councillors). In the latter case, politics can play a significant role in whether you’ll be granted approval.

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The April edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A stunning oak frame lodge in a woodland setting (page 22) • How to build a healthy home (page 58) • Upgrading your home's insulation (page 68) • Dealing with planning rejections (page 111) • How to get realistic quotes (page 115) … and more!