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    Technology geek. Tool addict. Product tester. Future #Passivhaus Self-Builder contemplating whether to apply for planning again following a dismissed appeal on a site in Droitwich
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  1. Yes. You a) don't actually need to own the land you apply for planning permission on, you just need to notify the owner and b) don't need anything to be split from a deeds perspective at the stage of applying for planning. Do remember though that your "red line" should show the land you intend to develop *including* any land required to get you to the highway, and that you should "blue line" any other land that is owned by the same owner as the red line. For example, my red/blue line map is attached. I don't own White Lodge, but my plot will be split for their garden. I have notified the owners, of course. Location Plan including Access from Highway.pdf
  2. Couldn't agree more. Stunning. Great work Bob. Have you ever discussed the project details and financials on Buildhub? Would be great to understand a little more about the project, layout, size, and build costs
  3. I have an "acquaintance" who works for one of the large developers and has responsibility for finding sites and managing the site portfolio. They typically sit on land where they know developing it would not provide the maximum return on their investment; the future value conundrum. They only have so much capacity to build new housing, and certainly couldn't start on all the land they have available to them even if they were able to get permission for all of it. So they only bring forward land when the circumstances suit them, when precedents have been set in local appeals or in case law challenging appeals that mean they stand a good chance of getting permission when they might not have previously, or where the planning laws change in their favour. The problem with that is that there may be a wide range of other "developers" that might be treated more favourably from a planning perspective, who just don't have access to that land that the large developers are sitting on. So a community housing scheme or a group of self-builders might be able to get permission as under-served groups where the large developer wouldn't, but they just can't access the land. So here's my idea. If you are a developer, you should still be allowed to buy land, and can keep the land you have, but you must either turn that into deliverable housing within 5 years or you must relinquish the future rights for your company to develop the land for housing, and you must offer it for sale at the price you paid for it plus reasonable costs.
  4. Disappointed in the thread title; thought you were pulling off a heist... 🤣
  5. As others have noted, you can get any length you pretty much want, *BUT* as the length increases, so does either the width or height or both depending on what you are supporting. Attached are some examples from the MBC Timberframe factory tour I went on at the weekend...
  6. If we assume by the "Right to Build waiting list" you mean you are on the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register of your Local Authority (or more than one Register perhaps), then I hate to be the one to break it to you, but they aren't going to provide you with a plot. At best, you'll get weekly updates from your LPA on applications that have been allowed, including those designated as self-build or for custom housing. You may to able to approach someone who has gained permission and buy a plot from them, or you may be able to find a plot of your own and apply for permission, but it isn't going to just drop into your lap because you are on the list, and it certainly isn't going to be "given to you". I wish you well and hope you find yourself in a better position soon.
  7. There were quite a few different people there; sales, design, windows, even Kevin Blair, son of the founder Joe Blair, who took us on part of the factory tour. We were there for over 2 hours, including a 1-1 session where I covered any outstanding questions I still had. Great session. I also took lots of photos so I'll write things up and attach those in a new thread and will provide the link here. Didn't really touch on labour shortages, but they are seeing an increase in demand from people building lots of houses, especially in the social sector where they explained it is easier for a company to secure any additional funding required for Passivhaus standards as they can offset it against potential future requirements to help with heating costs etc. From a pure materials perspective, they acknowledged the challenges of Brexit, COVID-19, etc. and how that initially affected costs and quotes quite significantly but things are a little more settled now and as they expand, they're able to secure pricing for longer periods of time as they're able to commit to larger orders. They're also sourcing from multiple suppliers and from multiple regions as costs and availability flex due to growing seasons etc.
  8. Awwww, thanks. ❤️ When I'm interrogating asking questions of suppliers, I always imagine how grateful they must be to get someone who is so excited about what they do... 😉
  9. Possibly another good example of how things change. Probably thinking about terrestrial TV, Satellite, and UHF radio at the time. Then you could buy adapters for either end of one cable that multiplexed all three into a single cable at one end and broke them back out again at the other meaning that you only needed one cable, but when the multiplexors first came out they would cost more than running three cables! But they were valuable if you only had one cable because the cost of ripping stuff out, running new cable, and redecorating was higher.
  10. Always possible. The proposed site has access to Ultrafast 1Gbit FTTP... Need is such a strong word... 😉 My experience tells me that if I put the minimum amount of cabling into key locations and then *in the future* need to do something else, it will be far, far more costly and difficult rather than paying a small price premium for cables I may not need at the point where access is easy. You only have the think about the various interactions of technology and the choices you might make. The first streaming sticks were capable of just plugging into your HDMI port and working over wireless. Then you started needing to add USB power to them as the power requirements for additional features increased, and some TVs didn't have USB ports that could provide the power. Then TVs started having powered USB ports. Then it was suggested you might not be able to stream at high-def at high frame rates. Then the sticks started using quicker wireless standards and wireless network speed caught up. I have USB extension cables from my media hub to two current TVs in the lounge and playroom (though the kids are too old to call it a playroom now). I put them in because it allowed me to do some clever things with the Wii and Playstation at the time. Since we don't use the old Playstation any longer and the Wii will work quite happily on radio frequencies, they are no longer required, but they are also not doing any harm stuck behind a wall. Of course, if your personal circumstances or the design of your house make routing cables difficult or expensive, then you can make a personal decision about what you want to do. But for me, when it's easy and the cost is low, I'd over-engineer the solution every day of the week.
  11. Gotcha. For timber/materials questions I currently have... Materials and sources - what type of wood? where from? is it sustainably harvested? what treatments are applied? how do you ensure supply? how do you manage fluctuating costs of timber and materials?
  12. I am still planning to be there tomorrow if anyone has any questions for MBC or, indeed, about timberframe in general. I've asked, and they are happy for me to take photos and post any questions and answers on the Buildhub forum so I'll update this thread sometime over the next few days.
  13. I'd rather have one and not need it than need one and not have it! Of course, it all depends on the economics and ease of doing something. If the route is particularly tricky or long or would require runs parallel to mains cables, then maybe I wouldn't bother. But if I had easy access, and bearing in mind HDMI cables are relatively cheap (unless you've been conned into the high-end super cables), then I'd do it just in case.
  14. As the forum search isn't the best, here's the link
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