Following two previous refusals using a ‘local architect’ this client needed proper planning help to evaluate where they were going wrong. As it turns out there was little wrong with their designs but the planning approach needed to be more structured and tenacious in order to convince a reluctant council that they had no option but to grant consent for these significant extensions in the Green Belt, where volume is strictly controlled. Here we were adding about 60% volume to these two rural houses in the Kent Green Belt, allowing these small cottages to be brought up to modern standards and creating true family homes. Our strategy involved forcing the council to issue a lawful development certificate for significant extensions (the council can only assess these on fact, not visual amenity), which was then used to guarantee that planning permission would be granted for a scheme with more-or-less the same scale but of a vastly improved design. It was also almost the same as that refused planning permission a year earlier before orbis became involved.