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RURAL ESCAPE

Ed Fisher wants to erect a holiday cabin on this countryside plot, with a view to converting it into a home in the future. Mike Dade assesses the viability of his self build proposal

PLOT WATCH: Mike Dade investigates

WHO Ed Fisher

WHAT Ed has spotted a rural plot up for sale on a large property website. He’s aware that gaining planning consent to build a house could be tricky, so he wants to see if he could use the site for leisure purposes instead. Mike Dade investigates the possible routes forward.

WHERE Hampshire

Ed Fisher has discovered some attractively priced parcels of land that are available to buy via one of the large internet property sale sites. There’s half a dozen small plots, one of which is fairly level, edged on two sides by trees and accessed via a footpath from a lane. Ed realises it’s unlikely to get planning consent at present, as it’s in the countryside. However, he likes the idea of putting a holiday cabin or shepherd’s hut on it, and perhaps one day trying to upgrade that to a house. Is this fairly modest aspiration realistic?

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About Build It

The June edition of Build It magazine is packed full of inspiration and advice for your self build, renovation or extension project - including: • An amazing oak frame self build (page 20) • Total makeover of a 1960s house (page 39) • How to self build on a budget (page 64) • Can solar hot water panels save you money? (page 71) • Design details: exposed beams (page 74) • Guide to designing the perfect barn conversion (page 90) • Assessing a building plot's potential (page 100) … and more!