Olly P

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  1. So, now that we've nearly got our heads around the fact that we have Outline Planning Approved (!) we are now wondering how to approach the next stage. We would love to make a start on the build next year and we think that although we don't want to rush the design/full planning stage we do want to press on incase anything changes in regards to Planning Policy , LPA planning staff etc. You never know even something like Brexit could put a spanner in the works. We have been recommended an Architect however he works in Manchester (around 2 hour drive from us). Do you think that this is a problem and to maybe find a local architect instead? In regards to CIL, VAT and other legal matters do I need to do anything in-between Outline Planning and Full Planning to keep everything in order and still able to claim VAT & CIL exemption?
  2. The application was specifically Upto two self build dwellings and it's stated that it was the LPA's decision what would be suitable on our site : either one or two . An unusual and slightly complicated way of applying but that was all the planning consultants work.
  3. Yes most definitely pub tonight with the wife to be. We literally can't believe it! Thanks all for the advice given on here.
  4. Yesterday we had our planning commitee Meeting and after planning officers recommendation for refusal, 21 objectors letters and objectors speaking for 5 minutes at the meeting the councillors talked it over between them in different aspects and passed our site for one self build dwelling!! ( we applied for two but only ever wanted one). We are absolutely thrilled to say the very least and I don't think it's fully sinked In yet and as the site is a greenfield site on the edge of a hamlet it was always a difficult one to please the officers. For fellow self builders who are going through the stress of outline planning my advice is to use a proven planning consultant ( ours is fantastic), get as much support as possible from neighbours (which is difficult), peg out any boundaries before the site visit of councillors, go to the parish council meeting to answer any questions which may refuse an approval from them, send in a letter with your genuine reasons for the application-this is important as you only have 3 minutes to speak in the meeting. Lastly, do your homework, study the planning process and it's policies back to front and inside out and don't give up!!! Now onto the designing bit 😁
  5. I've just put down 40 sqm of howdens own dark grey oak 8mm v groove laminate flooring downstairs in a house we are going to rent out. Brilliant quality and easy to lay with the added bonus of it being splashproof. It was on offer when I bought it around 2 weeks ago. Worked out £10 per sqm Inc VAT.
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    Ride On Mower Repair

    Brilliant thanks for that!
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    Ride On Mower Repair

    Fantastic I will Pm you my email now. Mines also a B&S engine. I am going to use it to cut my 4 acre field (not all of it, only maybe half of it more or less but undecided yet). We are using the field to put a fairly large marquee on for a weekend in august next year and it has had 5 bullocks in it most of this year so it needs some TLC, plenty of cutting, rolling and harrowing to get it looking nice. Im looking forward to getting stuck in but im starting to think maybe i should of got a larger machine but this came up for sale locally and is in fantastic condition and came with a little trailer, spare "arrow" wheels/tyres. Have you used yours to cut any long rough grass? If so how did it cope?
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    Ride On Mower Repair

    How are you getting on with the westwood mower? I have bought one and I'm going to service it in the new year ready for the springtime ( we have a lot of work to do with it up to the summer) Have you a preferred parts supplier and do you know if the transmission has a oil filter?
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    Settlement boundaries.

    Not yet, I'm waiting for a written response hopefully this week then I will go from there.
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    Settlement boundaries.

    I've searched the whole website including every option on the interactive website and no settlement boundaries are mentioned. Development boundaries exist on the maps along with parish/post code/ flood plains/ green gap/ allocated development land etc but no settlement boundary. Looking at other district council websites they have settlement boundaries but not ours.
  11. I'm seeking advice on our current outline planning application. I have been told that it is "likely" that the officers recommendation will be for refusal when the report is presented to the Planning Committee meeting. This is all verbal at the moment but we understand that something will be in writing possibly next week from the development group manager that will explain things better. The reasons for a recommended refusal is because it is " beyond the edge of the settlement" and because of this it's open countryside. I've been doing some research and on the LPA website the interactive map shows no settlement boundaries ( only development boundaries - which there are non where our site is) . The current NPPF has no mention of settlement boundaries what so ever. So how can a LPA determine where a settlement boundary lies and on what grounds? Our site is a field inbetween an existing bungalow and agricultural building. On the opposite side of the road is a housing estate. Highways, parish council , arbricultrual officer, etc all came back with no objection, literally this only issue Is the only cause for concern. The pre app we had done earlier this year regards the site as infill but out-with the established settlement boundary therefore classed as open countryside. If anyone could point me in the right direction as to find out where to get any information on settlement boundaries and if non exist, how to predict where they are that would be fantastic.
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    Getting the neighbours on side...

    Most objections are about building on greenfield site. They seem to think if I build on a small section of our field ( it has an existing house and a building to each side of it) then it opens up the rest of the land to development. Also they have concerns with adding another driveway (30mph zone). Objections also because it's not land allocated for development in the Local plan and concerns on mains services connections( not any services issues apparent to us). There is no development or settlement boundary. Interestingly it's the neighbours that can't see our field that are campaigning against it. The 3 neighbours close to it haven't objected (yet!). They have until Tuesday to object (21 days since there letter).
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    Getting the neighbours on side...

    Well we are now 4 weeks into the planning process, unfortunately we have had quite a lot of objections but equally we have had virtually the same amount of letters of support. At first when the objections came flying in I took it very personally, losing sleep etc but now I've got used to seeing them being sent in I'm not as bothered. Yep it would be ideal if there were no objections but that would be too easy and from what I have had read so far is that getting planning permission to build in a field is never going to be easy. However some things are going to plan so it's not all bad. I keep telling myself...keep the faith!!
  14. Same story here, we had it fitted in the living room kitchen diner and hallway. It's been down around 7 or 8 years and it looks as good as when it was fitted. Get the v-groove 8mm stuff as it has a far better finish than the cheaper smooth finish.
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    Getting the neighbours on side...

    Thats terrible. How can a Community Council (equivalent to our Parish Council?) that I assume consists of councillors who are unqualified in any form of Planning, hold up your Planning Permission for 3 years and subsequently costing you more money, by submitting unjust objections to the LPA. It seems completely unfair and the LPA should only take their objections lightly and asking for an opinion only. No hold ups should be a result of the Community/Parish Council's objections to the LPA. Our Parish Council only has a handful of councillors in it that meet in a Village Hall on a Monday evening. I'm going to the next meeting to start getting them on my side before the application goes in. I believe that if I dont, and only one resident attends the meeting complaining about it, they will follow suit and object the application.