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  1. Hire a digger and have a bonfire?
  2. +1 The BCO won't like and night not allow the upstairs escape route to be via the kitchen.
  3. Think it's needed to buttress the wall. As you would have openings both sides. See also Approved Document Part A.
  4. East Anglia has numerous disused airfield that would be a better choice.
  5. Is there a soil stack already? If not where is the nearest drain or inspection chamber? What's the floor made of? Could you move the door so access is from the bedroom or is it going to be a shared bathroom? That might make the layout easier. Currently you can't put a shower either end because of the door and window. I suppose you could put it at the window end but that's not ideal.
  6. I think it was to encourage the fitting of fire doors. Nobody was fitting them because of the need for closers?
  7. If the CIL is a thing in your area don't start any work on site until you have formally claimed and been granted the CIL exemption for self builders. Even if the planners tell you it will be exempt you must formally claim it on the right paperwork or loose it and pay £fortune.
  8. https://www.planningportal.co.uk/permission/common-projects/fences-gates-and-garden-walls/planning-permission
  9. ChatGPT is quite useful sometimes... How old is your joiner, perhaps he never noticed the change.
  10. If its connected to the house and its got a roof it's normally classed as an extension. But you can build some extensions without needing Planning permission. For example a 3m deep rear extension on a semi detached house is possible subject to some limits. Decking under 300mm does not need planning permission. On sloping ground the height is measured from the highest ground next to the deck. Above some height (600mm?) You start needing hand rails to prevent falls but that's a Building Regulations issue.
  11. Sorry if already reported... https://www.se-solicitors.co.uk/article/102jao8/clarksons-clause-opens-up-new-sources-of-revenue-for-farmers/#:~:text=The reform means that agricultural,unit from 5 to 10.
  12. The rules are generally easier for outbuildings than extensions. Summary... Planning: You can have any size outbuilding provided you don't build over more than half the area or the garden. Outbuildings must be single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5 metres and maximum overall height of 4 metres with a dual pitched roof, or 3 metres in any other case. If the outbuilding is within 2 metres of the property boundary the whole building should not exceed 2.5 metres in height. Decking or raised platforms must be under 300mm. Building Regs: Between 15 square metres and 30 square metres, you will not normally be required to apply for building regulations approval, providing that the building contains NO sleeping accommodation, and is at least one metre from any boundary. Any mains electrics will need to be done by a qualified Electrician who should notify Building Control as part of the process (check and ask for copies). If you build an outbuilding within 1m of your house the planners can try and argue its effectively an extension. How likely they are to do that depends on how "bad" they think it is in planning terms. The planners don't normally go looking for minor breaches, problems typically start with a neighbour complains and then they feel obliged to check you have net the rules.
  13. Have you actually checked the plans yourself? Perhaps he's just after a reduction in asking price. I know they aren't definitive but I'd download both title plans and compare with old maps and aerial photos if you can find them.
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