Ken, a former planning officer, is an experienced planning consultant with over three decades of experience helping self builders, renovators and developers achieving planning permission. He set up his own consultancy, Dijksman Planning LLP, in 2005. He is also the author of The Planning Game, How to Play the System and Win Planning Consent: An Insider's Guide to Planning Permission for Newbuilds and Extensions.
Find out what you can build under Permitted Development without planning permission in our beginner's guide
Planning Hub If you're asking yourself 'can I build a house in my garden', and how to go about gaining planning permission, planning consultant Ken Dijksman explains all
Planning Hub The Paragraph 79 clause of the National Planning Policy Framework, could be just the ticket to building a home in the countryside. Find out how it works
Gaining planning permission is a crucial stage of any self build and many extensions. Here, a former planning officer explains how the process works
Planning Hub There are a couple of key rules you need to be aware of to stay on the right side of the law when creating an annexe, says planning consultant Ken Dijksman
Planning Hub Plots in designated areas, such as an AONB or Conservation Area, hold strong appeal to self builders - but can you actually get permission from the local planners to build?
Planning Hub Find out when a planning consultant might be worth bringing on board your project. Plus, where to find a good one and how much to expect to pay
Planning Hub Don’t overlook the attached planning conditions in the euphoria of gaining planning approval. Failure to discharge conditions can invalidate the permission for your build — ignore them at your peril!
Planning Hub Once the initial despair of planning permission refusal has subsided, should you alter your design or launch a planning appeal?
Planning Hub Understanding the rules around securing planning permission to demolish and rebuild is essential to make sure you don't waste money on a plot you can't develop
Planning Hub If you want to get planning approval, knowing the considerations likely to win over planners in the area you want to build is essential, says planning consultant Ken Dijksman
Planning Hub The planning process can be an onerous affair so the more you know about it, the better equipped you’ll be. Follow these top tips to help you get the green light on your application
Planning Hub Pre-application advice might not be the panacea it’s often made out to be, says planning consultant Ken Dijksman, who advises to approach with caution
Planning Hub This guide explains why getting your parish or town council on side could make all the difference when applying for permission for a new home or extension