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by tony.g
Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Conservatory Planning Permission
Replies: 3
Views: 2606

Re: Conservatory Planning Permission

As the extension projects more than 3m from the rear wall of the house, you strictly need to apply for planning permission. However, the net effect of your extension would be that it would not project more than 3m beyond the neighbouring extensions. If the council found out, they could not legally r...
by tony.g
Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:57 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: building control - unusual situation...
Replies: 3
Views: 2413

Re: building control - unusual situation...

If the steel beam was installed only to reduce the bounce in the floor, it would not have been classed as a structural alteration and would not need any approval from the council
by tony.g
Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Unauthorised Porch..
Replies: 3
Views: 37294

Re: Unauthorised Porch..

Hi Dusty42. You may have resolved this problem by now, but in case you haven't, you don't have anything to worry about. The council can ony take enforcement action against your porch 'if it is expedient to do so'. There are strict guidlines which councils have to follow before commencing enforcement...
by tony.g
Wed May 09, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Reducing size after planning approval
Replies: 4
Views: 3243

Re: Reducing size after planning approval

Why bother paying the council £25 for a piece of paper saying its OK, when there's nothing in practice the council can do about it anyway?
by tony.g
Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Soundproofing of walls and floors within dwellings
Replies: 4
Views: 2688

Re: soundproofing

You do have to have a degree of soundproofing of walls and floors within dwellings, though not as much as between dwellings. For your floor, you would be looking at boarding of mass about 15kg/sq.m., which is something like 22mm t&g chipboard, with 100mm quilt between the joists. What your inspe...
by tony.g
Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Garage Extension
Replies: 2
Views: 2617

Re: Garage Extension

If the enlarged garage will have a floor area of less than 30 sq.m.,it wil lbe exempt from Building Control if it is a detached structure.( If it is attached to the side of your house, Building Regulations will apply regardless of its size). As regards planning; again, if its a detached structure, i...
by tony.g
Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Removal loadbearing wall 15 years ago - no permission saught
Replies: 2
Views: 3235

Re: Removal loadbearing wall 15 years ago - no permission sa

Welsh Brickie is correct; and don't be bulldozed into paying to get a regularization certificate from the Council, or alternatively into reducing the price. Prospective purchasers will often try and use situations such as this to cut the price. If there are no obvious defects, there is nothing to wo...
by tony.g
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Extension not conforming to regs - how to
Replies: 3
Views: 2537

Re: Extension not conforming to regs - how to

As your extension was built 40 years ago, it does not have to conform to Building Regulations. It is surprising that a surveyor should make a comment such as this, as a competent surveyor should know better. For extensions and other notifiable work done after November 1985, the local Building Contro...
by tony.g
Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Internal alterations
Replies: 1
Views: 2107

Re: Internal alterations

With regards to the landing; so as not to contravene Building Regulations, it needs to (i) have a width at least equal to the width of the stairs; (ii) be at least as deep as the stairs are wide (eg, if the stairs are 30" wide, the clear distance between the edge of the top riser and the wall o...
by tony.g
Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Reducing size after planning approval
Replies: 4
Views: 3243

Re: Reducing size after planning approval

Strictly speaking, you would need to re-apply for planning permission as the work you are proposing would not be in accordance with the submitted drawings. However, in practice, it is highly unlikely that the council would do anything if you are reducing the size as the impact on any neighbours will...
by tony.g
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Garage used as living space
Replies: 2
Views: 2597

Re: Garage used as living space

if the garage has been converted to be used as a habitable room, it would need specific planning permission. Normally, separate outbuildings do not need planning permission if they are "incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling". This includes such uses as a garage, keeping of pets/anima...
by tony.g
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Building regulations for terraced housing
Replies: 2
Views: 2782

Re: Building regulations for terraced housing

Planning application drawings rarely show small details such as vents etc. Regardless of whether or not you commented on the application at the time, you need not let the presence of the vents prevent your own development proposals. It is a civil matter between you and your neighbour and nothing to ...
by tony.g
Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:50 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: Do i need planning permision
Replies: 2
Views: 2468

Re: Do i need planning permision

If the cabin has been in position for more than 4 years, it is time-barred from any action by the council.
by tony.g
Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:42 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the princip
Replies: 4
Views: 10987

Re: No outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming the pri

It has always been a rule that no building or extension can be built forward of the frontage of a dwelling where that frontage faces a highway.
However, as it has been in position for more than 4 years, it is now exempt and the council cannot take any enforcement action against you.
by tony.g
Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Building Regulations and Planning Permission Forum
Topic: 130mm over Permitted Development, OK?
Replies: 3
Views: 3094

Re: 130mm over Permitted Development, OK?

It is not a criminal offence to go over the permitted development limit as you have done. The only sanction the council has is one of enforcement. However, Planning Authorities are constrained by government guidelines as to the circumstances in which they can issue enforcement notices. The relevant ...
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