Hello, newbie here - apologies in advance if this has been addressed before, but I didn't find anything
1. In process of buying an agricultural building for conversion - ie as of now, prior to exchange/completion
2. Change of Use permission is in place
3. After I have bought, I'll be submitting full planning permission, as there are a couple of changes needed that don't fit into change of use
Agreed to buy without any services in place. In the meantime, vendor has kindly been organising water connection (new pipework from main road, >100m away, cost to be shared with other neighbouring conversion, and redoing of existing connections for 3 other properties). I'm also now looking at electrical connection
My dumb questions are:
a. These are new water and electrical connections, so they qualify for reduced 5% VAT? ie I can include this work in my VTA reclaim, even though I don't yet own the property, nor have full planning permission?
b. Anyone had experience of a water connection like this that is well away from the site of the property, hence may not qualify for reduced rate?
c. Is there a Catch-22 in that the CIL period is triggered' by the start of development, but I can't submit my CIL form until I have PP? Is connecting water and power to a building considered development and hence triggering. I have no idea if there is any crossover between the VAT reclaim folder of evidence and claims, and the CIL checks
And on a separate note
d. The agricultural building to be converted comes with some sheds. Once I have title I'd like to work on these to make them waterproof, for storage of goods/tools etc. Does working on buildings that are not covered by the change of use affect the CIL at all?
Apologies again that these will seem so obvious/confused to experienced forum members. I just don't want to fall into a cost pit through my keenness to get going while the PP process goes on.