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How to deal with planning conditions

Mike Dade takes a look at the various extra requirements councils can include in your planning consent – and explains what they could mean for your building project
Developed designs, such as this 3D illustration by Strom Architects (, can give the planners a strong indication of the finished house and potentially reduce the number of conditions

Gaining planning consent for your new house, conversion or extension is a major milestone on the path to realising your project.

But it’s very often not the last step in the process. This is because planning permission is almost always granted subject to a number of conditions, which can require you to submit further details of your scheme to the council for their approval. This involves making what amounts to a mini planning application, with a form to complete and a fee to be paid.

While they’re commonplace, some conditions have the potential to delay the start of your project, add cost or even prevent your build from going ahead. So, whenever you’re making a planning application, it’s essential you’re aware of conditions and how they might impact on your goals.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Beginners guide to extensions - Energy efficient masonry - Renovating a Victorian house - How to maximise your self build budget - Dealing with planning conditions