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PLOT WATCH: Mike Dade investigates INTO THE WOODS

The Millers have spotted a potential building plot in an area of woodland – but getting planning consent could be tricky. Mike Dade analyses their chances of success

Emily and Peter Miller have discovered an area of woodland for sale that immediately adjoins the edge of a village. While they recognise that creating a home in such a location would be difficult, they’re committed to a green build, and hope this might sway things in their favour. They’d like to create a modest two-bedroom house, and are open to innovative design approaches that could address the challenges. So, is this a genuine possibility, or a step too far in planning terms?

The site

The wood extends to about 1.5 hectares, and has a frontage of 50m or so to the main village street. There’s a bridleway running up one side, and the trees are mostly a mix of ash, oak and hornbeam around the edges of the site. The centre is home to a thicket of young birch, willow and sweet chestnut trees. It appears to have been coppiced recently, and partially cleared in places.

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About Build It

The April edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A stunning oak frame lodge in a woodland setting (page 22) • How to build a healthy home (page 58) • Upgrading your home's insulation (page 68) • Dealing with planning rejections (page 111) • How to get realistic quotes (page 115) … and more!
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