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About this blog

We have planning permission for a  four bedroom house and detached garage on a 1.7 acre wooded site on the Isle of Wight to replace a rather delapidated wooden bungalow. We are about a year behind the original plan due to family circumstances and it took a fair while to get the paperwork in order to allow us to begin on site - only 11 planning conditions to satisfy. Our move-in date is July 2020 although I doubt the house will be fully finished!

 

The house will be built on piles and ringbeam due to soil type and tree proximity. The superstructure, including the roof, is to be SIPS panels clad with real wood (a planning condition) and natural slate. We are using Passivehaus ideas as a guide but are not attempting certification. 

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Let the piling begin

The piling crew phoned me early on Monday morning. Can we come to site on Thursday? We're going to be done earlier than planned and we don't want to waste money on the ferry. Fair enough I think - the ferries are silly money if you're moving equipment. It left me a little problem though - the site wasn't graded to the right level and I had no piling mats. They were on my weekend list so they would be ready for Monday when I was originally expecting the piling team.   So a few phone cal

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Demolition Day

Day1: The diggers gather like vultures. The old bungalow is doomed now with only one more day of asbestos removal on the inside. The driveway can't be finished until the rain stops.   Day 2: Half the house appears to have gone! It seems there isn't much to it that isn't rotten.   Another view of of the half-a-bungalow.   Skipping a day to day 4: All the house down with the wood awaiting collection. All the asbestos roofing felt has been stripped and remo

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Site Clearance and Planning Conditions

One of the more onerous (read expensive) planning conditions related to the driveway design and protection of tree roots. We were required to install a "no dig" foundation layer using Core geocells (or similar) after the planners were happy with the site fencing, but before the old bungalow was demolished. Typically the planners said "no" the first time we applied for discharge for no readily apparent reason. I re-applied having done more work for an unrelated condition and they said "yes".

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The site as purchased

Here are a few pictures of the site from the time we took posession and started to clear the undergrowth and satisfy the planning conditions.   The driveway to be. It makes Range Rovers look small. Only a few bits of tree and detritus to remove!   The boss hard at work during some tree removal work.   The back garden being fenced off after felling a very large diseased eucalyptus.   Another planning condition: Social housing for bats!

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