Just moving the house a few degrees & making holes

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So we had planning approved and were feeling good about being able to link up our engineer &  architect to get started on the details....and then.... had a re-think. We started out planning a re-model and changed our minds as the compromises were too many and the costs were getting high so a rebuild (esp with VAT bonus) was making more sense. But, we didn't really go completely back to the drawing board - we should have. Post-planning we had a good look at the plot, house position and neighbour's new house and realised we were losing an opportunity to improve the view, the plot usage and potentially aesthetics. Turning the back of the house ~15 degrees would open up the views and make the house run more parallel to the plot's rectangular shape which will mean a new planning app - based on feedback from the drop in session with the planning dept.

 

So, to avoid wasting too much time we're now linking up the architect and engineer so they can work together on the modified plans and also on detailed design/structural plan so we can move forward quickly post the next approval (fingers crossed).

 

But we have made progress of sorts - had the ground investigation holes today. It always seemed a shame to pay for holes and a report when you know (based on the house 7m away) what the ground is. Today proved that the ground is surprise surprise..... compacted sand which the drillers could only get 3.5m deep into despite a lot of machine noises! I'm hoping this bodes well for a concrete raft without needing too serious strip foundations. The trial pits and smaller sampling rig also uncovered the same ground across the site.

 

Probably not a lot to see happening the rest of this year 🙂 

 

 

 

 

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Bully for you making the difficult decision to delay in order to get it right. 

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I assume you will wait for planning before you commence demolition?  Have you had an asbestos survey?  It is worth making sure this is very thorough, as if any is present you will want to get it removed all at once, rather than piecemeal.

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Better to get it right than compromise and live with years of niggles about it as a result. In theory you will only qualify for zero VAT rating for the prep work (so soil investigation for example) when the PP is approved but given that you already have a PP approved on the plot I doubt any contractor will ask too many questions about that so I imagine you are getting zero rating anyway. Will a CIL be added to the PP? If so you will need to apply to remove it BEFORE starting any work.  

 

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If the CIL has been implemented in your area be aware that the 100sqm rule is applied in a strange way...

 

Suppose you knock down a 200sqm house and build one 250sqm. The new build is 250sqm which is over 100sqm so the CIL applies. However they then deduct the demolished area leaving 50sqm chargeable.

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Temp said:

If the CIL has been implemented in your area be aware that the 100sqm rule is applied in a strange way...

 

Suppose you knock down a 200sqm house and build one 250sqm. The new build is 250sqm which is over 100sqm so the CIL applies. However they then deduct the demolished area leaving 50sqm chargeable.

 

 

 

 

Classic tax calculation.

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