Planning advice

workshop conversion
Keen to create a bespoke home in a built-up area? Mike Dade reveals the wealth of opportunities that could fit the bill – from infill plots to office and shop conversions
stone-clad Passivhaus
Mike Dade zones in on what makes a self build project sustainable in the planners’ eyes – and what it means for your application
Taking on a project under permitted development rights could save you time, money and trouble, says Mike Dade
minimalist modern eco home
Gaining consent to build your ideal home on the right plot can be a daunting process. Mike Dade reveals some of the most common pitfalls self builders encounter at the planning stages – and gives his tips on how to beat them
sketch of self build scheme
Councils are advised to discuss schemes with self builders and renovators prior to the formal planning process – but is pre-app all it’s cracked up to be? Mike Dade investigates
converted grade 2 listed forge
Alan Tierney gives us the lowdown on what it means if your home, or one you’re looking to buy, has listed building status
modern kitchen and conservatory
Permitted development rights allow you to undertake some significant building works without having to apply for planning consent, says Mike Dade
House with large extension
Build It looks at recent planning policy changes and what they mean for your self build or renovation project
What is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
The CIL is a new charge levied on development - but what does it mean for your self build budget?
Thinking of purchasing a home in a conservation area? Mike Dade explains the planning basics


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