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PLANNING ESSENTIALS LAWFUL DEVELOPMENT C ERTIFICATES

If you want certainty on whether your proposed scheme – or a past project – is sanctioned under the planning rules, then an LDC could be the best option. Mike Dade reveals what’s involved
An LDC can be a useful document to have when you come to sell your home, as it demonstrates to buyers and their representatives that projects were sanctioned. This extension by Mustard Architects (www.mustardarchitects.com) has helped to form a bright, open plan kitchen-diner. Left: Original details make striking features in this barn conversion by Hudson Architects (www.hudsonarchitects.co.uk). If you’re buying a property of this nature, it’s vital to ensure that the proper consents are in place

Some of the most popular home building projects involve works that can be completed without the go-ahead from the planners. Perhaps the scheme counts as permitted development (PD, a type of preauthorised work) – or maybe it doesn’t need any formal approval at all. The trouble is it’s not always easy to tell where the lines are drawn.

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Get the advice and inspiration you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget with the March edition of Build It, including: - How to get more for your money - Is gas central heating energy efficient? - Getting sunroom extensions right - Ultimate guide to garage conversions - Do you need an architect? ... and more!