Building Your Own Home: 3 Questions To Ask Yourself In The Planning Stage

Posted by Tim Foster on Sep 19, 2019 1:48:00 PM

Building Your Own Home - 3 Questions To Ask Yourself In The Planning Stage

The planning stage is vital to any build project, and self-build home plans deserve serious consideration. By using self-build home plans UK property owners can solve potential issues before they even arise. Knowing the right questions to ask is essential to making sure your project runs smoothly. So, what do you need to know?

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Are There Current Permissions On The Land?

Planning permission can be a time-consuming aspect of any build, and knowing if your land already has permission can save you a great deal of time. It's highly possible that someone else has already been through the hard work of getting the permissions for a project akin to yours, and that permission has transferred to you. For the sake of peace of mind, however, it's always best to just make sure.

What Is The Planning Application History?

Try and find out the history of planning applications made for the piece of land you own. If there have been permissions granted, you'll see the kind of thing you'll be more successful getting approval for. If there have been refusals, it will also give you a clear indication of what you won't be successful with. This allows you to adjust your plans to make it more likely to be accepted with the first application you make.

Are There Restrictions In Place?

In many cases there may be planning restrictions in place, limiting what you can do with the land. This may be down to wildlife conservation or preservation orders or may be due to the presence of drainage or power lines that you're supposed to keep away from. It's best to know as early as possible what the restrictions of the land are, so you can design your property in line with those restrictions.

Getting The Answers Early

Finding out the answers to these questions should be at the forefront of your mind. It's important to know the particulars of the permissions on the land you're dealing with before you even get to the design stage. Only when you're totally confident you have all the necessary information should you begin moving forward. Otherwise, you're just going to end up wasting both time and money.

For more information or advice about self-build homes UK plans, contact BDS. We're here to help you with every step of the process, ensuring your build is successful. Get in touch with our team today.

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