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How do we obtain planning permission for a garden plot?

How do we obtain planning permission for a garden plot?

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We are looking at purchasing the bottom of a large garden to build our home on. We would like to build a two storey, four-bed house but are very flexible with regards to style and structural system. The surrounding houses are a mixture of houses, chalet bungalows and bungalows. It is likely to have an overall footprint of about 180m2 (this includes a large double garage/workshop and this size is also not set in stone, we can adjust it if need be). This would leave gardens of well over 100m2 for both the current and new properties.

The new house will be more than 25m away from any of the surrounding houses and any "overlooking" windows will be obscure and for light purposes only. We will also have adequate parking for both properties (the existing one and the new one to be built). In terms of access, there is a 3m wide gap down the side of the existing property, which will allow us access to the new house. Our concern is that it would be a garden development and I have been made aware that councils generally frown upon such.

We have already had pre-planning advice and was informed that the size and style we want should not be much of an issue, but their concern was the amount of "green" which was in the garden. They feared it may cause harm to the local area. But they also noted that the picture they were basing this on was simply a Google Maps screen grab, so likely showed the greenery as being fuller than it actually is, thus would not be able to tell without a site visit.

Short of us obtaining a site visit prior to any planning application, Are there any hints/tip which may help us obtain planning permission? Also, what do the councils class as "harm" and "inappropriate development" in gardens. I cannot seem to find any examples anywhere of what may be classed as harmful or inappropriate development.

Asked by chelise