This guide to planning permission explains it all, from what it is and when you need it (and when you don’t) plus information on application costs, timeframes and what to do if your application is refused
In the euphoria of gaining planning approval, don’t overlook the conditions attached. Failure to discharge conditions can invalidate planning permission for your build — ignore them at your peril!
Many self-builders are unaware that their plot comes with restrictive covenants that limit what or even whether they can build on the land. David Snell explains what to look out for.
The Paragraph 79 clause of the National Planning Policy Framework, and its previous guises of PPS7 and PPG7, allows new homes to be built in the countryside, including in the green belt. We explain how it works
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was a huge burden to self builders, so it is important to know why it was introduced and how to ensure you are exempt
A detailed guide to planning consultants. Includes what planning consultants do, when you might need one, how to find a good one and more
While there are obvious benefits to living in a national park, area of outstanding natural beauty or conservation area, obtaining planning for a building project in one comes with its own complexities
Notorious for holding up projects for months and demanding fancy new accommodation, bats need consideration during most projects. Jason Orme explains the process and how to minimise disruption
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
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