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  1. Thanks very much for your replies everybody. Hope to get it sorted soon. The least complicated thing to do would be demolishing the patio ! But will have to check with the council whether that stands as commencement....
  2. Alas....... we are terraced in the middle of 2 properties.... party wall on each side to be sorted... one was done but expired because of the dispute on the other side ? also, I thought that if the foundations are within 3 metres of either property then a party wall agreement is needed [sigh]
  3. Thanks for your reply. I did find link somewhere saying there is such a thing as applying for an extension ... perhaps I will contact the council again and seek clarification. I'm sorry, I have no idea what you mean by the other option, could you explain in lay man's terms lol ?
  4. hi all, Desperate for some advice here. A dispute with our neighbour on land ownership (which they raised when our surveyor approached them for party wall matters) has brought a lot of delay to our house extension plans - now we are waiting to go to court. We believe the decision will sway in our favour, but our permission expires in 3 months Which means our permission is likely to run out, and party wall matters won't be settled (we are terrraced). Which (we think) leave us 2 options: Ask for an extension or somehow 'commence the works'. We emailed the council to explain, they said extensions are not granted as such. Someone said that is rubbish and we can request one by paying a fee. Which is correct? How do we apply for an extension, and will the neighbour be consulted for this (they didn't object when we initially applied 3 years ago but sure that if their consent is needed we are in for an unpleasant ride). Our understanding is we can't commence the works by say, digging foundations because we are a small terraced property and need a party wall agreement. Is there any other way we can commence the works? If we lift off the patio slabs where the extension will go, does that constitute commencement? ps: there were no specific conditions laid out for the permission other than re. materials used and potential party wall matters to consider. many thanks
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