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Enlarging on a Budget

Property series. Two families, the Goodes and the Samsons, try their best to extend their homes whilst keeping costs down and the work to a tight budget.


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Across the country, behind closed doors, we British are building.

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We're building up, down and out, to improve our homes.

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I've instructed my architect that I'm not comfortable at all with that.

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But before we build, we need permission.

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Permission from the planners, a bunch of people dedicated

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to protecting our public spaces and neighbourhoods.

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I think in its present state it possibly isn't quite acceptable.

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So, if you've ever wanted a bigger kitchen,

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an extra bedroom or an en suite bathroom, stand by.

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It's time to...

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Wherever we live, most of us long for just a little more space.

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Growing families need extra bedrooms,

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more and more people want home offices,

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all of us need extra storage space.

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But times are tough and extending your home is expensive.

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Is it any wonder that planners are being bombarded

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with applications from homeowners forced to cut corners

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to make their dream home a reality?

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So, today it's all about enlarging on a budget.

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Is it possible to get the extra space you want

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without breaking the bank?

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The planners will meet

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a couple who have taken a huge gamble on getting approval...

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I'm glad he's started it, because time is not on our side.

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Obviously, they do that at their own risk

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and the risk is a refusal of planning permission.

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..and a family who are desperate for more space,

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but on a strict budget.

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You're looking at £18,000.

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I'm looking to maybe get it round the 15-mark.

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I've never had an application with them on tracing paper still.

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Can these families get the space they want

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without spending a fortune?

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Will their investments pay dividends

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when it comes to reassessing the values of their homes?

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And what will happen if their planning applications are refused?

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West St Leonards sits on the edge of central St Leonards and Hastings,

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away from the hustle and bustle of the shops and the promenade.

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Many of the houses are a new addition

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to the grand, Regency buildings on the waterfront,

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with a mix of large Victorian properties and new-build estates.

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There's a huge range of house prices here.

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The grandest seafront homes will set you back

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a whopping half a million pounds,

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but there are well-maintained residential estates

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where you can buy a modern family home

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for a far more reasonable £150,000.

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Hastings Council's Carol Boydell

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deals with a huge number of planning applications for the area,

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and she's never sure what's going to land on her desk.

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I've got an application here for...

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It's a two-storey side extension which can be very controversial.

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Lindsey and Max Good live on a new-build estate

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with their two sons.

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They bought the house ten years ago for £155,000,

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but the boys are getting too big to share a room,

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so the Goods desperately need planning permission

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to stay in a house, and an area, they love.

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We can't afford to move, really.

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The money that would be taken up in solicitor's fees and things

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it would be important to us to extend this property and stay here.

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Basically, we are extending the side of the house going out three metres,

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going three metres by three metres.

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And, basically, we are hoping to gain a bigger entrance hall

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and a little utility room for Lindsey to do her washing in.

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A washing machine and tumble dryer.

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And then basically get this little fellow a bigger bedroom.

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Cos we can't fit a bed in that box room. We've tried.

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Getting planning permission has become a matter of urgency

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for Max and Lindsey, but they can't afford to spend too much

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extending their property and they can't live

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in the space they currently have.

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If you got a builder in I think you're looking at

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about £1,000 a square metre in this area.

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We've got an eighteen square metre extension

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so you're maybe looking at £18,000.

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I'm looking to maybe get it round the 15-mark.

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Hopefully, it goes ahead, and if not we'll have to think about moving

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in a year and a half because I think that's all they've got left

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in that bedroom on their own I think, so hopefully...

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Fingers crossed.

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The Goods want to save money building their extension

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and have already saved roughly £1,000 by asking a friend

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to draw up their plans instead of using a professional architect.

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This is a unique case for Carol.

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I must say I've never had an application with them

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on tracing paper still. That is really unusual.

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I think it's a friend of theirs that's done them

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and although the quality of the actual drawings is not bad

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we just don't have them on tracing paper!

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And they're also very noisy and not very practical on site

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so I might photocopy them and get them on A3 paper or something.

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I don't know.

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Basically, the room will actually be

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just over double the size when it's done.

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Hopefully.

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Hopefully.

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The box room is currently just two metres by two and half metres,

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not really enough room to swing a cat,

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let alone provide space for a growing boy.

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I have got concerns, which is quite difficult,

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because I heard the lady bring this application into reception

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and I could hear from my desk that she was saying at the counter

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that it was really important for them to have this extension,

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otherwise they were going to have to move house,

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and then this dear little voice from her son came along,

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"But I don't want to move house",

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and it was like, "Oh, no, please don't let me get that one."

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In order for the Goods to get the planning permission

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they desperately need, Carol has to perform a site visit.

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Her priority is to protect the area. If she's not satisfied,

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it could spell disaster for Lindsey, Max and the boys.

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Time to take a trip 200 miles north to the cathedral city of Lincoln.

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It's a historic place with a castle

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commissioned by William the Conqueror

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and beautiful, wood-timbered medieval buildings.

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But Lincoln, like Hastings,

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has its fair share of modern family developments.

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Lincoln's Hartsholme estate is a public housing area

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a stone's throw from the city centre.

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It attracts families on a limited budget.

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A typical three-bed semi will set you back 140,000,

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which is 11 grand below average for the city.

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Lincoln Council's Mark Foster oversees

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many of the applications here.

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He has to make sure no development ruins the character of Hartsholme.

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Responsible planners take just as much time

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and trouble over modern homes as they do over period ones.

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This application is for a two-storey side extension. As well as that

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they're proposing a single-storey extension to the rear.

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Leon and Lindsay Sampson bought their semidetached house

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for 90 grand two months ago.

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They are expecting their second child

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and desperately need more space for their new arrival.

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It's 100% necessary. We need it.

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We can't live in it as it is. We need it.

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We couldn't have just a two-bedroomed house.

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I've already got a son and I've got a girl on the way.

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They need their own rooms.

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Got to do it, really. It's not a question of love for it.

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It's a question of necessity, really. It needs doing.

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Leon and Lindsay want to build a two-storey side extension

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making use of the extra garden space

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around their end-of-terrace property.

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They also want to add a single-storey extension

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that will contain a kitchen and dining room.

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-Dining room that end.

-Dining room that end.

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-Island.

-Island. Yeah.

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This would be where you walk in.

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We'd be looking 30-40 grand...

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..for the extension to a decent quality

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and that's calling in mate's rates and favours.

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The Sampsons are keen to keep costs right down

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and make their investment work for them.

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If all goes well, they estimate the house will be worth

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140-150 grand when finished.

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Every day counts, and with money so tight,

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they've taken a huge gamble

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and started work before planning permission has been granted. Risky.

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I'm glad he's started it because if we got to the point

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and they gave us the OK then we'd have that much work to do.

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-Well, it's two months.

-And time's not on our side.

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There's nothing to stop anybody starting a development

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prior to getting planning permission. Nothing to stop that at all.

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Obviously, they do that at their own risk

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and the risk is a refusal of planning permission

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and, potentially, implications for what they've already built.

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That could potentially end up having to come down.

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I can't be three months behind in my eyes

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because three months behind could cost me three months

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having to rent somewhere.

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We've got a mortgage that we're paying here.

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You've got council tax that we're going to have to start paying here,

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I don't earn that much money to be able to cover renting.

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I can't really see any reason as to why I wouldn't get it.

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Or we wouldn't get it.

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Well, Mark can think of a few.

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The single-storey element at the back is adjacent to the boundary

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so we have to look at the firstly to see the impact on that neighbour

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in terms of loss of light.

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The extension appearing unduly dominant and over-bearing

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and things like that.

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The other issue is the impact on the street scene.

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Even if they say "no", I'll appeal it.

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If we can't appeal it then it'll be doing the inside up

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and selling it and finding somewhere else.

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If worst comes to worst, that's what we're going to have to do.

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Leon and Lindsay's hopes of getting the planning permission

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they desperately need depend on what Mark sees when he visits their home.

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On the south coast in Hastings, Carol is performing her site visit.

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Remember, she's looking into an application made by the Goods

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who desperately need more space for their two growing boys.

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It's Carol's job to ensure their proposed extension

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won't look out of place in the street.

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I'm just looking down the road at the moment,

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just looking at what impact an extension would have

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on the side elevation there.

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The road kind of goes in a bit of curve. I don't think its going to be

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too prominent but I'd like to just see

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how far away from the side flank wall

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it's going to come. The drawings say three metres.

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Carol has to be very thorough.

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She wants to check from every angle

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to ensure the extension isn't too imposing.

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The extension is a little more visible here.

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I need to look at it a little bit more I think.

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Yeah, I've got concerns from this angle

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that it might be quite prominent there.

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I think this one is borderline here.

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Carol's big concern is a classic planning issue.

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She worries the proposed extension

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will have too much of an impact on the street scene.

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She may ask for it to be reduced,

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meaning the family will lose space, or it could rejected entirely.

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-Hi, I'm Carol. We met in reception.

-Yes.

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But Carol has also discovered another problem.

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I could actually do with going through the drawings with you

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cos I've had a look

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-and you've put on there that they're three by three metres.

-Yeah.

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When I get my scale rule, it tells me the measurements of them.

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It's not three metres.

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-None of the elevations are three metres.

-OK.

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That's what it's going to be when it's built.

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Right, so it's the drawings that are... Right, right.

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Nine square metres downstairs, nine square metres upstairs.

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Yep. That's all right.

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So I can have a new bedroom.

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It's you, is it? So you have a new bedroom?

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Not to pressure me or anything!

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CAROL LAUGHS

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I think I need to have a think about it and test it against policy

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and you should hear fairly soon. This week. If not, next week.

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Is that OK? All right?

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-Thanks very much!

-Thank you!

-Bye, boys! Bye.

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I think it went really well.

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Maybe a small concern that the drawings are out slightly

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but we can get that amended, so hopefully that's going to be OK.

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I think we're going to get it.

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Sadly, Carol isn't as confident.

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That didn't got too well.

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I noticed on the plans that somebody had written three metres

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and it was coming out as 2.8 by 3.5 metres.

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So they do have to be accurate

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because it's the drawing that's approved,

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not what the applicant tells us it's going to be.

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The drawings are critical.

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I think if it is going to be granted

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she's got to get herself an architect

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but I don't know if she's going to need to yet.

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Cutting corners has meant that the Goods' much needed extension

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now hangs in the balance.

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Right, over to the Sampsons in Lincoln.

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Mark has arrived to carry out the vital site visit.

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This will determine whether or not the Sampsons get planning permission

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and whether starting the work early was a gamble too far.

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A lot of these council estates

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were built with buildings set back from the path

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with space around them,

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particularly when they're in terraces,

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to give the illusion of space

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and to allow that feeling that you're not hemmed in,

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you're not crammed in and to give that illusion of space.

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-Hello, Mr Sampson.

-Nice to meet you.

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Mark Foster. Pleased to meet you.

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-I've just come to take a routine site visit.

-Fine, yeah.

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I won't take too much of your time.

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-I'll just have a quick look round outside.

-That's fine, yeah.

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Take a few pictures then I'll come back and have a quick chat with you.

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-Just tell you what we do from now on.

-OK.

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Mark's first priority is to get

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a good sense of the surrounding houses.

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It's vital he makes sure their proposed extension

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won't destroy the sense of space,

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or be an ugly addition to the other houses in the street.

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I'm just looking really at the street scene

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and looking at the definition of the terraces.

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They are each set in rows of four.

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Each has a small two-storey element set-back on each end

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to define that edge, so this proposal comes forward of that

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so we need just to have a look at whether

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that will unsettle the rhythm of the terrace.

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From the back, obviously there's some markings out

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and some debris in the back which indicate

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that there's something been taken down already

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and we just need to make sure that

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the impact of what goes back is acceptable.

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Mark has big reservations about how the extension blends in.

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If his concerns are sufficiently serious,

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Leon will have made a major mistake starting the work early.

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What we need to address is,

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and I'm not sure about it yet, I need to have another think about it,

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obviously, you are bringing it forward slightly, aren't you?

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Yeah, we don't like it to look uniform.

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It can't look like one...

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No, it's either got to be one or the other.

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So, forward or back, I think.

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We probably don't want it to be flush...

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Yeah, you don't want it to be...

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Yeah.

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It's all about making sure that whatever we do and recommend,

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it's just making sure we maintain the character

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of the area which is obviously what you're trying to do,

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so we need to look at that. We'll come back to you.

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I'll have a look at it.

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-Nice to meet you.

-Cheers, mate.

-Cheers, thank you.

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He was fair with what he said.

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That's always going to be the issue - visual impact.

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Whether he tells me I have to step it back right behind,

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hopefully I don't, because that's space I'm losing inside.

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So, I'm hoping I can step it out and keep it stepped out,

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because that's what you're going to lose

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in your cavity and your plasterboards,

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and the space I've tried to gain, I'll end up losing,

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and I'm going to end up with smaller rooms.

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I'm hoping I get what I've asked for.

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It's quite a substantial-sized extension.

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It moves into the existing side garden of the property.

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So, we just need to make sure that's not going to have an impact

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on the street which is an impact we wouldn't want to see.

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The other issue with that is, obviously, this is a terrace.

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The terrace is designed as a uniform terrace and, therefore,

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any extensions to it need to be carefully managed.

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Back in Hastings, Carol has called a crisis meeting

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with the Council's senior planners.

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The Goods have attempted to cut corners by asking a friend

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to draw up their plans,

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a move which could spell disaster for their hopes for an extension.

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The applicant has written on this three metres here.

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It's coming out by about 2.45.

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Are these drawings more or less right,

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but not what they think they are asking for?

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It's all to scale. It's just got the wrong measurements

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written on individually.

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-That is it, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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To be honest, if it was 2.5, the impact would be less

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-than if it was three metres so it's more likely to be OK.

-Yeah.

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Ironically, then, the fact that the drawing doesn't show

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what they wanted it to show is actually better,

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because it's more acceptable to us.

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-But we wouldn't encourage people to make mistakes.

-No.

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So, are we decided then that a three by three extension...

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-Is a bit too big.

-Yep.

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OK.

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So, that's a no.

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For us a three-metre square extension would be too big

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in that location. It would look disproportionate

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when you look at the front of the house

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and when you're coming down the road at the side it would also look

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too prominent and the proportions would be wrong.

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It might sound that we are being a bit picky

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but it is important that you keep

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a feeling of space around these buildings.

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If everybody built up to the back edge of the footpath

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you'd end up with a kind of very narrow view down the street,

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and you want a bit of space around these building.

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With the planners in agreement, Lindsey is about to discover

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that getting planning permission

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is a lot more difficult than she anticipated.

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Hello?

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Hello. Yes, it is.

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OK. So have we got to start again?

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A "maybe"?

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All right, then. Thank you. Bye.

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I suppose I'm happy because I didn't get a "no" no.

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I got a "change it a little bit and it's a yes",

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if that makes any sense.

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So, yeah. Correct the drawings and then, hopefully, it will be a "yes".

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Over in Lincoln, Head Planner Paul Seddon is equally committed

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to the job of protecting the cityscape,

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and he's a fan of well-designed estates like Hartsholme.

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It's a public housing estate built immediately post-war.

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Been built for over 50 years.

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I think remarkably little change in much of it.

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There's a real strong theme.

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A real sense of character, real sense of design.

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I think a real sense of thinking out, thinking through,

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the homes that were being built for people

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and what the environment was for them.

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So, grass verges, trees within them,

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front doors opening out onto the street.

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You've got windows looking out there.

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A good sense of enclosure within the streets,

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but also that good sense of natural surveillance,

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a sense of security that you do feel as you're walking around here.

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The fact that it's public housing has probably limited

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the amount of adaptation and change that's gone on in previous decades.

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I think you're starting to see now some more house extensions,

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perhaps of a larger scale than we would have done previously.

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We need to try and make sure that it is the right kind of extension

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when there is such a strong character within the area.

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With such a rich design theme,

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it's no wonder Paul is keen to uphold the area's character.

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He has some advice for anyone

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hoping to extend on limited finances.

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We would always advise,

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if you can, get a really good plan drawer or an architect

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who can come up with some very clever ways of using a tight budget

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and trying to really get the most out of it. It's worth the money.

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It might not seem it sometimes, on a tight budget,

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but you can certainly end up with a quicker

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and a better result in the end of the day.

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I think in another 50 years,

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this estate will probably be largely like it is now.

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I think the layout of it will still work.

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In Hastings, Carol and the senior planning team

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have had to think long and hard about the Goods' application.

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The original square extension was a no-no,

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but the rectangular plan that was mislabelled

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on the original drawings,

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was, ironically, more to the planners' liking.

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The Goods are happy with the new design which gives them

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an extra 16 and a half square metres of floor space,

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but the 21-day neighbourhood consultation period

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was a difficult wait for the family.

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Today, it's the big decision.

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It would mean a lot to us to get the approval,

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just so we can stay here in this house, in this close.

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The boys have got friends here, nice neighbours, we know everybody.

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The only thing is, we've outgrown this house and the boys share.

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So, we get this, the boys can have their own room

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and everything will be good.

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We always try to approve things, so it's not our job to refuse things.

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It doesn't do anybody any good refusing stuff.

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The only stuff we refuse is if it's going to have a really bad impact

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on neighbours or the environment.

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We try and approve them wherever we can

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and we also and approve them as fast as we can

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because we do understand that somebody wanting a little extension

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or a conservatory, waiting two months for a decision can be

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quite a painful, difficult process.

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PHONE RINGS

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-Good morning, planning. Can I help you?

-Hello, is that Ray?

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-Yeah, hi.

-It's Lindsey Good.

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-Oh, hiya!

-Yes.

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Right, you want to know what the decision is, I guess?

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Yes, please.

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I'll just check the details. Just hold on one second.

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He'll make us wait a bit longer.

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I feel a bit sick now!

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-Hello?

-Hello.

-Yeah, that's all fine

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-so I can do the decision right now.

-OK.

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We'll do that and then we'll send it out this afternoon.

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-So it's all right. It's been approved.

-So have I got it?

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-Yep.

-Oh, thank you!

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That's a "yes" for the Goods!

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Changing the shape of their extension lessened the impact.

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-Bye!

-Bye!

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Yay! Oh, thank God for that!

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A couple of people in the council get to decide our life

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and how it's going to go...

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..and the fact that we can now stay here and build an extension

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and stay here for ever.

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Really, really pleased.

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With money and time tight, the Goods are keen to get started

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as soon as possible.

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Fast forward three months and work's under way!

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Lindsey's got a new fringe,

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and little Charlie is well on the way to having a new bedroom.

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It did feel like for ever from putting in permission

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at the planning to the building regs and then we could get started.

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It did seem for ever but we're really pleased that it's started now.

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But the million dollar question - how are the finances?

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We think we're OK with the budget at the moment.

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Hopefully, it stays that way, fingers crossed, and we'll be OK, yeah.

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Really pleased that we've got as far as we've got.

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Really looking forward to seeing the bedrooms,

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seeing the windows go in,

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seeing the roof go up and living in this space, really.

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It'll be the house that we've sort of always wanted.

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In Lincoln, Mark has been waiting 21 days

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for all neighbourhood submissions

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to come in before he issues his final decision.

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That time has now passed, so Leon wants to know

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if he's got the planning approval he and his family need.

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One of the good parts of the job is definitely being able

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to impart good news on people.

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Certainly, we try and grant as many planning applications

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as we can at all times.

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But in the instances where we know it is a very important thing for a family, they're expanding,

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often they're expanding very quickly,

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and they need an answer very quickly.

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As people, we are aware of issues that families are having.

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We can't let that cloud our judgment.

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It has to be done in accordance with the planning legislation.

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Well, Mark has made his judgment and it's time for Leon to find out

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if his gamble of starting work pre-permission has paid off.

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Yep.

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WOMAN ON PHONE: Just hold on while I have a look for you.

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Cheers.

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I spend my whole life on hold.

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Is that a two-storey side extension and a single-storey rear?

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Yes, it is, darling.

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Yep, OK. Let's have a look. One of Mark Foster's.

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Oh, right. It's got a final decision on it, actually.

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Let's have a look what that is.

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Granted conditionally today.

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So, it's a "yes" for Leon, his wife, son

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and their soon-to-be-born daughter.

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A massive relief. But there are some conditions.

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"Samples of all external materials to be used in the development

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"shall be submitted to and approved by the local planning authority

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"before the development commences."

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-Thank you very much. Cheers.

-OK, bye-bye.

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It's very common for planners to give conditional permission,

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allowing homeowners to get on with their building work,

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whilst specific design features or materials are finalised.

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At least for Leon and the family, they are closer to their dream.

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That's perfect for me, really. Game on.

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Back over to St Leonards and the Goods' extension

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is nearing completion.

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They can now finally think about moving little Charlie

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into his new bedroom.

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It feels good that we've got to this stage.

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From the outside it looks finished. We've just got the inside to do now.

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The budget is looking good at the moment.

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We're just waiting to have a few more bills in from people,

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but we're looking like we're on target, so that's good.

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Originally, this was our outer wall and this was just all we had,

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a little box room, so now this is going to be Charlie's bedroom,

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-isn't it, Charlie?

-Mm-hm.

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So I think it's going to be a nice, big room. It's got three windows.

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Nice and light and airy.

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You've got to imagine it painted.

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My bed's going to be here.

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My wardrobe's going to be here.

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And I don't know where everything else is going to be.

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I thought you said you wanted your telly in this corner?

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I don't know.

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We didn't want to move because we like it around here.

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So, it is worth it.

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I'm glad that Planning let us do it.

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It's all been worth it in the end.

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The Goods have planned it and built it.

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They now have the room they vitally needed for their two boys,

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plus, with the extra space,

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they've added at least 10-15 grand to the price of their home.

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Within a matter of months, the Sampsons

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will have their much-needed extension, and by keeping costs down

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they estimate they'll add an extra 50 grand

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to the value of their home - an impressive achievement.

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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This show is all about enlarging on a budget. Times are tough and money is tight but families up and down the land desperately need to increase their living space. So is it possible to extend without spending a fortune?

Both families in today's show prove that it can be done. The Goodes have a modern two-bedroomed home and have budgeted £15k to extend it. Can £15k buy a whole extra bedroom and the equivalent space downstairs? The answer is a resounding yes! The results are impressive.

Leon and Lindsey Samson have taken a huge risk and started work on their home before planning permission has been granted. They simply cannot afford to waste time waiting. It is a nerve-wracking process but, just like the Goodes, the Samsons come through smiling.