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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > January 2020 > Dealing with neighbours

Dealing with neighbours

Mike Dade investigates the level of influence other local residents can have on your project, and how to successfully navigate issues and objections they bring up
Anthony and Teresa Ralph described their project as a Marmite house: “people either love it or hate it!” By communicating with neighbours at the planning stage, they were able to overcome objections and create their dream abode

Most self build projects are likely to include a degree of involvement with your neighbours. It could be at any stage when going through your initial ideas, during the process of getting planning permission or even when you’re completing the works. Love them or hate them, the people next-door, and even beyond, can carry clout over what you build, how you do it, or even whether you can go ahead at all. So, let’s look at their main areas of influence, what you can do to get their support and how to minimise potential objections.

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The January 2020 issue of Build It is packed full of practical advice, inspiring readers' homes and expert guidance on everything from planning and design through to budgets and specifying materials. The January 2020 Edition includes: - Future-Proof Your Self Build - Are Woodburning Stoves Really Eco Friendly? - Renovation Design Details - Draught Proofing a Period Home - Planning Secrets: Keeping Your Neighbours Happy - Sound Proofing: How to Create a Quiet Home ... and much more!