Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Italy version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Build It > May 2017 > your views:

your views:

Got a funny story, a gripe or some superb self build advice? Write to us at or the address below for your chance to win a prize

star letter

The planning guarantee

The star letter writer wins an Einhell cordless drill, worth £119.99

Like many readers, my wife and I found the process of getting outline planning permission for our self build plot a long and tortuous process. In fact, the period from submitting our application to formal consent being granted was 39 weeks. We were therefore very pleased to discover that submissions made after 31st October 2013 can get a full refund of the application fee, where a council takes more than 25 weeks to make a determination (except where an extension has been agreed in writing). We have recently reclaimed, thanks to this legislation, and found it extremely easy and straightforward – a short email to the planning department and the money was in our bank account within a week.

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Build It - May 2017
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - May 2017
Or 349 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 2,42 per issue
Or 2899 points

View Issues

About Build It

The May edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A stunning light-filled contemporary bungalow transformation (page 20) • Discover the right build system for your project (page 60) • Choose a modern front door (page 71) • A complete guide to loft conversions (page 80) • Top tips for your lighting design (page 90) • Common plot issues and how to overcome them (page 97) • Dealing with damp (page 103) … and more!