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How to get planning consent in the countryside

Idyllic, secluded plots with genuine potential may be rare gems – but they can be found; and there are plenty of other opportunities to self build in a rural setting, says Mike Dade
Taking on a countryside plot isn’t for the fainthearted. “When we bought our farm, there was nothing on the site. Services were 100m away, but there was no house,” says Trevor Gospel.

If you want to build your dream home away from the rat race, you’ll first need to find a suitable plot. The problem is, planning policies in rural locations are more restrictive than those in urban areas – and permission for new houses tends to be granted only in specific circumstances.

Thankfully, there are still opportunities worth pursuing. For instance, the prospect of converting non-residential buildings has been given a boost in recent years due to the widened scope of permitted development (PD) rights; while replacing and refurbishing existing buildings can both be great routes to a tailored new home. Here’s what you need to know about the constraints and opportunities you’ll face if you’re planning to build in a rural area.

“We sought outline planning permission to build, but our inexperience meant it took us three years to get consent.” The wait proved worthwhile: the local council recommended a full two-storey home rather than the dormer bungalow the Gospels initially thought they’d have to build
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Build It magazine’s November issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning eco renovation (page 54) • How to get loft conversions right (page 64) • What you need to know about insulating your home (page 70) • 10 design tips for wetrooms (page 85) • Save money by getting your project budget right (page 100) • How to get planning permission in the countryside (page 106) … and more!