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  1. I think there has to be a good reason for the request though, I don't think you can just ask them to go faster or everyone would do that. No idea of what the land registry consider a good reason, though safety seems to be one. A neighbour had a request expedited a while back when they were trying to register title on a piece of land adjacent to their garden that nobody else seemed to own. They were able to expedite as there was a tree in a dangerous condition on the land and they explained they did not want to have it cut down until the surveyor had visited to see the old fencing around the piece of land. I understand the request was agreed to in that instance.
  2. I am hoping I can get a bit of very basic input on the applcable building regs for a club house for a sports club. My son's local small cricket team is looking to build a clubhouse. The plan is to erect a prefabricated timber building, not dissimilar I guess than many of the garden building people put up for home offices, etc. The building will be about 40m2. I know the rules for outbuildings in a domestic setting man building regs apply to anything over 30m2, I presume this will also be the case for the club house. Is that correct? What I don't know is what regs would apply, is it the same set of regulations that apply if you are building a house, or is there a 'Part' specific to outbuildings, club houses, etc.? I have had a bit of a search on the internet and cannot find anything that suggests a specific set of regulations for outbuildings and club houses. I appreciate planning will also be required and that is a separate matter, but it is building regs I am interested in here. Many thanks in advance for any input.
  3. I know our local planning dept. frequently include the need for turning for new houses or replacement ones, but they do not seem to impose that condition on e tensions which add bedrooms and therefore increase the need for more parking spaces. There is also one example near us where the parking layout approved was not built, meaning cars had to reverse on or off the drive. The Parish Council raised it with planning enforcement but they refused to do anything.
  4. Don't forget to include the cost of getting the kerb dropped in front of the newly created second parking space.
  5. As I am on here it is probably worth a further update. Having had the draft easement through from SSEN we have been backwards and forwards a couple of times trying to address a number of issues with the standard template SSEN started with. All of these now seem to be resolved with one significant exception. The draft SSEN provided includes no timescale for them to do the work after I ask them to schedule it. From my perspective this is crazy as it means I risk giving SSEN the easement and then finding they say they will do the work to put the cable underground in 2099. Despite an acknowledgement of the point I am making SSEN have said they have never included a timescale in an easement and will not do so in my case. The choice therefore becomes agree the easement with no timescale or revert to the legal route. But during the Covid period it seems Necessary Wayleave hearings have not been taking place in anything like the normal volume, so it could be a very long time before we can get one scheduled and SSEN know this. Not an easy decision.
  6. Sorry, I have not been on here recently, hence the delayed reply. No, they were not willing to combine any thing they considered separate.
  7. I think the key notification for the council is the Council Tax department. There used to be discounts for empty houses, I heard a while back that some councils are now looking to charge a premium on empty houses, so you may end up paying more to not live there. As mentioned by others if the house is unoccupied for a period of time 30 or 60 days in many cases I think you have to inform your insurer and they will probably want you to take out a specialist empty house policy. If you have left ypurself on the electoral role and done neither of the two above I am afraid it sounds as though those seven months have been wasted. It does seem a lot of hassle to go through for the VAT saving, do the numbers really make it that worthwhile? In terms of the system being unfair, to be blunt you are 'gaming' the system somewhat. I am sure the intention of the scheme is to bring genuinely empty housing stock back in to use, not to cause housing to be taken out of the stock of in use homes for two years to get the tax break.
  8. Another update, hopefully the saga is nearing an end. I had an email a few weeks back from SSEN kindly offering to pick up less than half the cost of moving the cables running over our site, for which they have never had a wayleave. At about the same time I had a letter from BEIS telling me they had finally registered SSEN's Necessary Wayleave Application. I am suspicious it was this that prompted SSEN's offer. I thought about all this and wrote back to SSEN and suggested a possible way forward would be to agree the cost if they would 'throw in' providing a temporary supply for the site and the connection once we have finished the build - my logic being that they might give me more willing to give me something that costs the significantly less than it is worth to me. I pointed out that BEIS had registered the Necessary Wayleave Application and said that if we could not reach an agreement within a month I would inform BEIS I did noy want the application left in abeyance and would request a formal hearing on the application (which would be at SSEN's expense). Having senr the email I got an auto response back telling me the person I had emailed had left SSEN, this did not sound good. But it did give an alternate to email, so I forwarded my email to them. The new person quickly responded to say they could not agree to my proposal due to regulatory constraints but that she was going to return to the design team and speak to them about it. Yesterday I had an email saying SSEN would bear the cost of the two new poles and relaying the cable if I would carry out the excavation. Exactly what I proposed well over a year ago! It is not done and dusted yet as I have yet to see the draft Easement Agreement and that could have some unreasonable terms in it, but finally some progress. It seems, compared to some past experience others have reported that SSEN are playing hard ball a bit more now. I have no idea if the change in their position was due to the change in contact person or because I said I would start the hearing process. But my sense is that unless you are pretty robust they will be looking to transfer a lot of cost onto the self builder. This may explain why the BEIS has experienced a large number of Neccessary Wayleave Applications. As ever, hopefully this might help others in a similar situation in the future.
  9. He's an architect, he won't be joking about that!
  10. Worth noting that Mansell looks to be a really useful case more generally than just Part Q. The concept of a fall-back it references is applicable to any PD if my understanding is correct. I have a friend who is referencing it in his efforts to extend a cottage in the countryside, he is referencing the option of an 8m rear extension as the fall-back. Having spoken to him at length about it recently it seems Mansell is really helpful as it says something like ‘its doesn’t have to be certain the fall-back will be built if consent is denied, just possible’.
  11. Not sure what the answer is, but my gut feel is that it would be hard to make the roof look cohesive and attractive if you do away with the small pitched section. But maybe I just don't have a good enough imagination.
  12. Four years for planning I believe. But my recollection is that there is no similar time limit for building regulations.
  13. But the OP is in Shropshire, last I looked that was not in Scotland ?
  14. From what I understand adopted (maintained) is not the same as classified. According to a Govt. website I looked at abour 60% of roads in England are adopted but unclassified.
  15. To answer my own question, my county council has a helpful map where you can check a road's status. It categorises roads as: A Roads B Roads C Roads Unclassified (even the unclassified ones appear to have a number with a U prefix). Looking at the link above it seems a new access onto an unclassified road where you do not need to cross a pavement requires neither planning permission nor highways consent. Even if you are crossing a grass verge owned by the highways authority it seems you do not need their consent to cross it.
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