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When it comes to dealing with the planners, adopting a smart strategy from the outset might just help you get the green light for your project first time, says Mike Dade
After the initial design for the extension and remodel of their bungalow was rejected, Karen and Simon Lewis met with local planners to gain a better understanding of the restrictions that applied to their site, which is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. They realised the alternative path they’d need to take in order to create their dream home, and opted to go down the demolish and rebuild route instead. This house, designed by Oakwrights (, is the result

Although the majority of us believe that the process of gaining planning permission should be all about good design and site layout, there are inevitably going to be subjective judgements made about what exactly these elements should look like. Getting the planners to support your scheme can be half the battle towards having it approved. Even if they have some issues with the project, if they’re in your corner hopefully they’ll help steer you to an acceptable compromise. So who exactly do you need as your ally in the planning process, and what’s the best way to win their support?

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The October 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 1960s property transformed into a characterful home (page 22) • 10 tips to make the most of your self-build plot (page 62) • The best glazed doors for your project (page 75) • Complete guide to building an eco home (page 81) • How to get the planners on side (page 105) … and more!