Good news! I today obtained planning permission and so I am starting my build blog.
Thanks to everyone on BuildHub for your help and support so far. I have already learnt so much from this forum, all the way from questions when I was viewing the plot and every stage since. And an especial thanks to all the Buidlhubers that I have had the pleasure to visit so far. You have all been warm and welcoming and your advice and inspiration has been invaluable. Thank you! Thank you!
My plot is in Cambridge, quite central, near the banks of the river Cam, just behind a row of college boathouses. It is opposite an ancient common and in a Conservation Zone. It is a garden plot that constituted the end of the long garden of a large late Victorian villa. Access is from a narrow access road (not owned by anyone) which runs behind the the boathouses. The plot itself sits behind a mature horse chestnut tree, whose roots I must preserve. The plot is is about 300 m² and is in flood zone 2. The dwelling will be a modern bungalow, 2-bedrooms, near passive house, with a green roof and clad in buff brick slips.
Here is the timeline until today:
10/3/18, first visited the plot, advertised in Rightmove as a house.
13/4/18, my offer to buy it was accepted.
24/4/18, I made my first visit to BuildHuber to start my long learning journey
29/4/18, visited my second Buildhuber
31/5/18, the plot already had planning approval but before buying it I started a process for a re-design with the seller
4/7/18, visited my third Buildhuber
26/7/18, visited my fourth Buildhuber (and watched her build, with five additional visits to date)
19/8/18, visited my fifth Buildhuber
6/9/18, I finalised price negotiations with the vendor
18/9/18, plot topographic survey
26/11/18, submitted for planning permission
17/12/18, completed on the purchase of the plot
7/1/19, planning application formally accepted by council
11/2/19, visited my sixth Buildhuber
26/2/19, consultations revealed I needed to redesign the pitched roof to be a flat green roof to meet SUDS requirements
12/3/19, met the tree officer with my arboriculturalist on site
30/3/19, taking advantage of a neighbouring development having the road open, I installed a temporary electricity supply to the plot
2/4/19, engineers supplied drainage calculations including green roof
6/6/19, vendor approved the revised design with flat roof (deed's required it)
20/6/19, visited my seventh Buildhuber
29/7/19, visited my eighth Buildhuber
23/8/19, visited my ninth Buildhuber
19/9/19, council advised that my application is scheduled for the 2 October planning meeting
24/9/9, council advise that my application was bumped to the 6 November planning meeting
6/11/19, planning application approved unanimously, with two councillors choosing to comment that they particularly liked the design. One objector spoke against.
Next step: build a house …