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Beginner’s guide to the planning process

Before starting works you’ll need to confirm that your project is legal by checking in with your local council – but with various types of permission out there and different guidelines for individual areas, this part of your project could feel like a minefield. Get your head around the basics with Mike Dade’s advice
When Guy Lockwood bought this end-of-terrace property he was aware that the previous owners had been refused planning for an extension. With this in mind, he worked with an architect to come up with a different scheme that would be more suitable, whilst also chatting with neighbours to check there were no objections. The plans were approved with no problems two months after he put in the application

Most self builders and renovators will come into contact with the planning system at some stage in their project – you might need to get permission to build, change existing consent before you start work or tweak your existing scheme as it progresses and the design evolves. Planning law is a complex subject and policies vary from area to area, but knowledge of the basics should stand you in good stead when you need to dip into the system.

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Inside the October edition of Build It magazine: - Smart Homes special: How tech can simplify your lifestyle - Beginner's guide to winning planning permission - Extension costs guide - Passivhaus: Does it make sense for eco renovations? - How to knock through walls & open up space - Building contracts explained - Underloor heating innovations ... and more!