Securing planning permission
Planning permission is the government’s written authorisation for you to build a house according to the plans you submit to them, oftentimes with conditions attached. Books have been written on the subject (and plenty of articles too) but ultimately what matters is designing a house that falls within the local planning authority’s zoning laws and following the planners’ procedures to secure permission. Many local authorities have Rural Design Guidelines, usually available online, which will indicate the kinds of external finishes, e.g. stone cladding, and size and shapes of windows and doors they deem to be typical of the area, among other visual considerations.