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10 planning considerations for garden plots

Mike Dade takes a closer look at the main things to think about before applying for planning consent to build on a garden site

Gardens can provide ideal self-build plots, especially if the patch in question already belongs to you. This route to land avoids the tedious business of actually having to find and buy a site, and enables you to live in the comfort of your existing home while the works take place. But even if you’re not so lucky as to own a plot big enough to provide a building site, the country is awash with gardens and many a good plot is carved out of them. So, what are the planning rules and restrictions surrounding this and what particular considerations apply?

How do I know if my garden can be built on?

Planning policies remain somewhat polarised between built up areas (whether cities, towns or villages) and the countryside. Be aware that the latter is generally defined in a council’s Local Plan (LP) and is likely to include the edges of settlements, smaller villages and hamlets.

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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!
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