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investigate what the company had to offer, which then saw them taking a trip to the company’s headquarters in Bavaria. Having decided on a build method, chosen a manufacturer and got the design right, the next hurdle was of course getting planning permission. The fact they were within a conservation area meant the local council was able to make gaining permission a frustrating and drawn-out experience. “It took a long time,” Mrs Young says, which isn’t overstating it – it took about 15 months to get the plans approved.


The couple took it upon themselves to speak to the conservation officer at the council about what they wanted to do, but


despite this, the council “just weren’t madly keen,” she explains. “It was an annoying start to the project.” Project architect Nick Blunt worked closely with them throughout the process and after “numerous meetings” with the council, their plans were finally agreed without too much compromise being required, although the council had some stringent demands. “They were very specific about the materials we had to use at the front of the house, and how the front had to look,” says Mrs Young.


A FLYING START Having finally secured planning permission, the couple got to work and the existing house


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