Self Build

An Innovative Solution

If you have been dreaming of building your own home, isn't it time you made that dream a reality? The Government is currently very supportive of self build projects and sees this as a key part of the strategy to address the current housing crisis. We can help to achieve planning permission for your build - the rest is up to you.

Barn Conversion

Prior Approval under Class Q

If you have an agricultural building that is in agricultural use and would be structurally capable of conversion to a dwelling, it might be possible to achieve planning permission under Class Q of the General Permitted Development Order.

Householder projects

Extensions and outbuildings

Many householder projects such as extensions or outbuildings are classed as permitted development and do not require planning permission. Depending on the nature of the proposal or location, however, permission may be required. We are really happy to help if you are not sure whether your project is considered permitted development or whether a planning application is required.

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Built heritage

Listed buildings and Conservation Areas

If your property is listed or within a Conservation Area, projects require very careful planning and proposals will be scrutinised closely. Applications for Listed Building Consent need to go into considerable detail in order to protect heritage assets whilst still ensuring their use for years to come.

Agricultural workers dwellings

Supporting rural enterprise

Achieving planning permission for a new dwelling in the countryside is extremely difficult, but there are some exceptions. In very special circumstances, it may for necessary for an agricultural worker to live on an agricultural holding. Applications for agricultural workers dwellings need to demonstrate the functional need for a new dwelling and satisfy a number of financial tests.

Tourism projects

Holiday lets

The South West is an area popular with holiday makers and there is a demand for a variety of different types of holiday accommodation such as cottages, annexes, camping and glamping.

See our page on Shepherd huts and log cabins for more details.


Chartered Town Planners

01963 371180 / 0789 4020 735

Whiteacre Planning Ltd
The Hollies
Cabbage Lane

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