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The will to succeed

Jonathan and Janine Bootland didn’t let continual planning knockbacks and complications stop them from building a contemporary new home at the end of their garden

It took Jonathan Bootland four years and a vow not to be beaten to get planning permission for his contemporary timber frame home at the heart of a suburban housing development. Despite strong and persistent protests from neighbours, as well as rejection at all planning levels – including committee and appeal – resulting in considerable personal expense, Jonathan was adamant that his idea was worth pursuing. “Whatever objection you can think of, it was thrown at me”, he says of the scheme to build a fourbedroom family home on the site of a dilapidated outbuilding in his back garden. “The neighbours created a posse, raising funds to employ a planning consultant who submitted an eight-page report to the local authority as to why planning shouldn’t be granted!”

Not giving up, Jonathan continued to modify his plans for the house until there was nothing left to object to. “I think I wore them down”, he says. “I just wasn’t prepared to give in and was adamant that this was going to be the site of our family home.”

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What's inside the April 2018 edition of Build It magazine: - Stunning eco home on a heritage plot (page 22) - Glazed doors design ideas (page 64) - Renovating for profit (page 71) - Garage design options (page 74) - Complete guide to building with timber (page 81) - How to get planning on your garden (page 110) - Window cost guide (page 117) ... and much more!