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Even the best-laid plans can face opposition. Mike Dade reveals the tricks and tips that will help you overcome resistance to your design from planners, neighbours and more

I f you’re making a planning application for anything but the most minor alterations to your house, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter an objection or two – and sometimes many more. These can vary from professionally presented and valid concerns through to the outright nutty – and they can be quite upsetting to those simply wanting to improve their home or create a new one. So, when and how should you react to opposition, and what can you do to avoid it in the first place?

Snug Architects ( designed this replacement house with a view to improving on overlooking issues. The previous property had lots of side windows, but the new design uses staggered elevations and obscured glazing at the flanks

Who objects?

When you submit your planning application, it gets published on the council’s weekly list on its website. In addition, your neighbours will be notified and some local authorities will put up a notice outside the property.

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The March 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 traditional timber frame house on a quiet Hampshire plot (page 22) • How to build an oak frame home on a budget (page 68) • What you need to know about underfloor heating (page 75) • Windows for renovations (page 78) • How to combine renewables (page 86) • Adding wow factor (page 92) • Common renovation mistakes (page 104) … and more!