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  1. It was a field between a Church and 16C Cottage. Already had PP but we needed more than a year to get it changed. I'm afraid its 12 years ago. As I recall the company we got Site Insurance from was able to delay the start date of the "site" part and give us just the public liability part. Sorry I can't find details of the company in my files.
  2. I might be wrong but I think you just need to show the building has been lawfully used for any 6 months in the past 3 years?
  3. Regarding the existing PP for an 88sqm house.. Does it have a condition removing Permitted Development Rights (PDR)? You might not even need PP to add a 25sqm extension to an 88sqm house. Depends on the details. However a house doesn't acquire PDR until it's finished so officially you should build the house, then extend it which had implications for the VAT reclaim. You can't apply to extend what hasn't been built yet either. However you could make a new application for an identical house with the extension. Sometimes the planners like parts of a house to look like an extension even when it isn't. A massive house near us looks like a house that was extended about 4 times but in reality it was built all at once. In short.. it would be possible to start the foundations of the existing PP to extend its life indefinitely, then apply for a new house that uses the existing foundations and an "extension". If that was refused you could finish the approved house and might be able to build an extension under PDR.
  4. https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/how-to-complain-if-youre-unhappy-with-building-work Most of us giving advice on this forum are not Professional Builders yet most of us know we have to check what Building Regulations apply. A professional builder has no real excuse in my book.
  5. Think I would try asking Citizens Advice. There is a difference between a) making a Building Control Application and b) doing work that complies with the Building Regulations. I believe that as a builder he must do b) even if the regulations did not require him or to do a). If the builder is experienced I believe you have a right to rely on him to know a) when Building Control Approval is required and b) to do work that meets Building Regulations regardless. Eg You didn't just hire him to do the work you also hired him to use his knowledge and experience of working in the building industry. Otherwise you would have hired tradesmen yourself.
  6. I heard a medical expert on Radio 4 today that said face masks won't stop you inhaling a virus but they may top you transferring one from something you touch to your face.
  7. There is no legal requirement to buy third party insurance but these days if someone out walking their dog trips over a blade of grass they seem to feel they are entitled to claim a bundle off the rich land owner even if they were trespassing at the time. In my case we had a public footpath across our plot that was walked reasonably frequently in summer. If a tree fell on someone it could have bankrupt us so we felt insurance was worth getting. Incidentally I've just switched house insurance to the AA. Saved a bundle and got better cover.
  8. Unfortunately appeals also take a long time. There is usually enough time for the council to come to a decision before the appeal gets to be heard. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200207/appeals/110/making_an_appeal/2 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/appeals-average-timescales-for-arranging-inquiries-and-hearings
  9. I couldn't Google up anything on that. Perhaps give another company a call and ask if they have heard anything. PS I know contaminated soil has to go to special licensed sites but I don't know who gets to make the determination.
  10. I could only find this which I expect you have seen.. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/274713/wayleave_guidance.pdf "6.1 Q: Can the licence holder make an application for a necessary wayleave to install or retain an electric line on or over, or under, a house or land which has planning permission for a dwelling? A: Where the necessary wayleave application relates to a new electric line the Secretary of State cannot grant a necessary wayleave where a dwelling covers the land or where planning permission exists for a house to be constructed, unless the line is to be placed underground (see paragraph 6(4) of Schedule 4 to the 1989 Act). The same restriction does not apply where the application for the grant of a necessary wayleave relates to an existing electric line. This interpretation has been upheld by the High Court (see R v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, ex parte Wolf (1997) QBD; unreported; case CO/0788/97)." I couldn't find any more on that case online
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    That dog looks guilty already.
  12. Generally yes but there are some exceptions (think it's different in London or for planning applications determined at county rather than district level?). I tried to check that and found web pages saying Mid Devon had submitted proposals for the CIL in 2017 but couldn't confirm if it was ever formally adopted. Regarding extensions.. If you are extending your main house and the floor area of the extension is less than 100sqm and it doesn't create a new dwelling, then I believe it's exempt under the "minor development exemption". Just be careful if you plan to sell or let it within three years... https://www.gov.uk/guidance/community-infrastructure-levy#para048 If it's more than 100sqm you may qualify for the self build exemption but I think that has to be claimed using form 9 (eg it's not granted automatically) and the claim process followed to the letter. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/community-infrastructure-levy#para049
  13. This page summarises what's been said above.. https://job-prices.co.uk/waste-pipe-dimensions/
  14. No idea if it would work outside. I think the principle is either... * condensation needs dust to form on so clean glass is less likely to attract condensation? Or * It causes the droplets to clump together and run off?
  15. I would suggest it's not possible to produce a simple guide! In some cases the actual diameter of a pipe is manufacture specific. So for example 50mm waste pipe isn't 50mm in diameter, it's exact size sometimes depends on the make and if it's push fit or solvent weld. For that reason size conversion charts should only be used to get you in the right ball park. Stick to one make and keep receipts is best advice I can give.