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  1. Thanks Peter but I've done a lot of research into the different methods and I've decided on SIPs as my main build system (I have considered the ICF and Durisol options). I'm sure it's a passionate subject and some people would swear that build system X is best and others would swear that X is flawed and build system Y is better, and so on. In this case having chosen SIPs as my main build system I'm now considering the options for the outer facade. i.e. block and render vs cementboard and render. Thanks Ben
  2. Hi, I'm planning on using SIPs as the build system for our Self Build (If I manage to find a plot!) but I see that there are a lot of options on what to combine SIPs with. For example, SIP and Brick, SIP and Block & Render, SIP and Cementboard & Render etc. We probably want a render finish, so that gives us the choice of block and render or cementboard and render for the outer walls, but I've seen very little comparing these options. The obvious points are: Cementboard and render is going to be a lot thinner than block and render Presumably cementboard will be a lot quicker than building a block wall? Presumably cementboard is cheaper (Both in terms of purchase costs and fitting costs)? But what are the downsides? i.e. why would anyone choose block and render over cementboard and render? Cementboard is obviously a lot thinner than blocks, so does this have any effect on thermal performance? If so then presumably having thinner walls would allow me to have thicker SIPs panels, which would hopefully more than compensate? Thanks in advance Ben
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    Plot types and SDLT

    Whilst I do own a company that owns investment property, for this case I'm looking to build a house to live in myself with my family (Wife and 2 kids), so we'll be buying as individuals and not as a company. Thanks Ben
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    Plot types and SDLT

    Thanks again Peter, I like the way the definition of "dwelling" includes the word "dwelling". Reminds me of the dictionary definition of "Recursive: See Recursive".
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    Plot types and SDLT

    Thanks Ferdinand, Yes I'm talking about England, sorry I should have made that clear. I'm pretty sure that you don't pay the additional 3% on a land purchase although I can't remember where I saw it. Looking at the Gov websites it states that the additional 3% is when purchasing residential property, but you could perhaps argue that buying land with the intention of building a house on it is in effect purchasing residential property... but I'm almost certain that this is not the case (Thankfully). Thanks Ben
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    Plot types and SDLT

    Thanks Peter, I'll investigate the 5 year council tax thing. Thanks Ben
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    Plot types and SDLT

    Under recent government rules, when buying an additional property (e.g. 2nd/holiday home, Buy To Let etc) the buyer must pay an additional 3% stamp duty on top of the normal rate. However my understanding is that land is exempt from this new rule. So my question is, what is the definition of land? Or more specifically, if I find and buy a plot that has a derelict property on it already does this count as purchasing an additional property (Extra 3% SDLT payable) or as purchasing land (Additional 3% SDLT NOT payable)? If the additional stamp duty IS payable in this scenario then can anything be done to reclassify the plot as land again prior to completion? For example, if the derelict property was demolished before completion then does it become a land purchase as opposed to a property purchase? I suspect I'll need to speak to a solicitor as this is a relatively new rule (The extra 3% SDLT) so I'm guessing not many people has much experience\knowledge in this area yet? Thanks in advance Ben
  8. You beat me to i (About being forced to replace TPO'd trees).
  9. I thought if you cut down a TPO'd tree that you could be forced to replace it with a similar tree in the same location, specifically to stop this sort of thing?
  10. Thanks all for the feedback on the trees. No, I wouldn't want to cut them all down. Not that I'd personally break the law (And in general, unless it's obstructing something I actually like trees) but hypothetically speaking if someone were to cut down a tree that had a circumference greater than 235mm at 1.5m above ground then who would know? The tree officer wouldn't have taken any measurements before it was cut down, and now all the evidence has been through a chipper! Thanks Ben
  11. I was wondering about that... I'll Google this in the next day or two, but can you just cut down all trees that don't have TPO's on them? And therefore cut them down before you even submit a planning request and the tree officer gets involved? I imagine it's not that simple.
  12. Thanks Mikey, I've used your link and done a probate search... should get the results within 10 days.
  13. Driving around in our preferred area earlier today we happened to stumble upon a large derelict plot that we'd be very interested in investigating in more detail. I've just used the Land Registry map search to buy a copy of the Title Register and Title Plan, and sure enough it lists a registered owner, hwoever the owners address is the address itself. Clearly she doesn't live there as it's completely derelict and boarded up... so another quick Google reveals that she died in 1999!!! So what do we do now? I'd say the property hasn't been touched since she died in 1999, and clearly Land Registry still have it registered to her. Presumably there must be something that can be done? I mean the property cannot remain registered to someone that has died for eternity. Thanks in advance. Ben
  14. Would you say that planner officers and conservation officers feel that they always have to object to something? If so is it worth putting something sacrificial on the original plans that you're happy to lose in the name of compromise? For example, lets say you want to build a 3000sqft house, should you put in plans for a 4000sqft house initially knowing that you'll have to compromise and will probably end up with a 3000sqft house exactly as you wanted, whereas has you started with a 3000sqft plan then you'd probably have ended up with a 2000sqft house by the time everything has been agreed? Also I'd quite like to get ours built to Passive House standards to reduce costs... does that earn you brownie points with the planners at all?
  15. That's definitely one avenue I'll be exploring, thanks.