We are often approached by clients who are interested in the potential to build a house in the garden of their property. This can be either to sell on or possibly live in themselves and sell the existing house.

Initially we recommend checking the local plan for their area to see if there are any restrictions to building properties, conservation areas, development boundaries etc. It is also prudent to check with the local planning department.

Then, it is important to establish how you would like to divide the land and outlining an area for a new dwelling and its garden. We can advise on the best way to maximise your sites potential.

The new dwelling will require separate access from the existing property, as well as potentially space for parking and even car turning. We can then look at the size of the dwelling that will fit in the space.

Once the feasibility of the new dwelling is established we can submit either an outline or full planning application.

A typical outline application may require as little as a site plan while a full planning application would require proposed plans, elevations and a design and access statement. It may also include other supporting information.

Examples of supporting information might include a Wildlife survey or an Arboricultural report, both of which may influence the potential development options.

We have recently secured planning permission for a new dwelling in the garden of a property in Exmouth. The land and single building plot are now for sale marketed by Kitchener Land and Planning.