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Planning details: ACCESS

Mike Dade provides his expert guidance on this sometimes tricky aspect of a building project
Before Richard and Pamela Pearse obtained planning permission for their self build, they received some objections from neighbours relating to visibility and access. When a local officer came to inspect the site, he said he could find several existing houses nearby with similar or worse concerns. In the end, the Pearses presented their case at a planning committee meeting and the panel voted in their favour

Access is one of those essential considerations for self builders that’s hard to get excited about – a bit like drainage. When you’re looking at a plot to buy or a building to convert, there are two very different aspects of this topic to consider. The first of these is the legal right to gain entry to your site, while the second is the adequacy of the approach, both in practical terms and with regards to highway safety. Both are of fundamental importance. The former makes certain that you can actually get to your plot and the latter ensures you can gain planning permission to build what you want on it.

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Plan, design and build your dream home with practical advice and inspiration from Build It magazine. The November 2019 edition includes: - Britain's Best Homes of 2019 - The Build It Awards Nominations! - The Build It Education House - The Ultimate Guide to Heating Your Home - Expert Design Ideas to save you £100,000 - How to Win Planning Permission ...And more!