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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?


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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About Build It

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!