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    Architect in Scotland, have worked with self builders and looking to find a site to practice what I preach!
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  1. imo using a professional snagger is a bit late in the process to see what's going on, it's much more effective to stop things in process rather than wait to the end and try to undo something done incorrectly. It works on a new build where you've got no input or involvement in the process and the only opportunity you have to rectify anything is a short window after completion, if you have the chance get someone who knows what they are doing to observe as work is happening
  2. It's interesting because the garage door opening on your old thread looks tiny too! I wonder how no one has picked up on that since at least january! If it's just been submitted then it's likely you will get a list of points back from building standards anyway so can be picked up then, most building standards departments take around a month do do their initial assessment of the drawings so i would just pick this up with your architect... @joe90 - you lose top trumps there, imagine putting an actual car in your garage!
  3. You can only have started development on a planning application if you have addressed all of the pre commencement conditions, on an outline application that would include the design of the house.... whether or not you've illegally started development is a different question...
  4. You don't need to have a warrant to clear a site or scrape the ground, you can make a meaningful start in planning terms with work outside of the scope of a building warrant
  5. You have to address all the pre-commencement conditions on the application and then make a "meaningful start" on the works - you can then ask the local authority to confirm that you have made a meaningful start and then planning permission then remains in perpetuity, ask the planning officer what they would deem a meaningful start, normally digging trenches will do, or doing the road access, something like that
  6. what a pain in the... if the windows are unrelated to the fitters (i.e. if you've paid velfac separately) then I''d do what mr punter has suggested while i'm typing this!! See if you can get the fitters to fit them, all you need really is people who know what they are doing with the windows, the fitters are likely to cost less if you can get them direct and they might also appreciate some work if they've just been laid off!
  7. if you can afford to buy the land and never develop it then it's worth a try I guess, it can be incredibly difficult to get permission on the edges of towns compared to somewhere slightly outside a settlement in my experience, although I have worked with a planning consultant before where we managed to get a site into the local plan as a residential site, took around 8 years in the end and a good few k on consultants but it was inherited land so the guy didn't have any other outlays... risky strategy if you're buying the land to sit on
  8. "a ruin" "no roof it has been like this for 70 years mabye" doesn't scream habitable state, especially when the op is proposing to remove the ruin and replace with a new house... In Scotland you have to apply for planning permission to demolish a dwelling - but different areas have differing policies on development within their planning designations so it's literally impossible to say how likely a plot is going to be getting permission without looking at the specifics, there's no real rule of thumb for redeveloping a plot, the op hasn't even confirmed whether the ruin may have been a house at all
  9. asking if a ruin might get planning permission to be demolished and a larger house put in it's place is a fairly complex planning situation - you've given a simple answer that isn't related to any adopted planning policy
  10. That's not really the case at all, planning is a lot more complex and nuanced that that, but feel free to provide a policy
  11. what planning policy have you based that one on? Building Warrants and Planning permissions are not related or interdependent
  12. Free Pre-App advice is worth every penny in my experience
  13. They must have justified the reasoning for requiring a new planning application? Is it the same officer you met who has decided this one?
  14. That's the way I would normally describe it (although for the purposes of planning applications, everything is 1.5 stories!) I worked on a development over in canada where there was a restriction to have have 1.5 stories, biggest issue was that these were flat-roofed houses! So after lots of discussion it was agreed that 1.5 storey meant that you have a first floor (gifa) which is half the area of the ground floor... there was a lot of bodging on that job to get housetypes to work properly! some nice roof terraces right enough