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  1. Hello! I don’t know whether anyone would be able to help - I cannot find any information anywhere! We live in the South Downs National Park and our house has about an acre of ‘amenity land’. I’ve been told we’re not allowed to remove the fence separating it from our garden, or to turn it into ‘garden curtilage’. BUT I can’t find anything that formally states what you can and can’t do. I’d really like to put a play area on it for our kids but have no idea whether this would be acceptable? VERY grateful for any advice, thanks! Ben
  2. Hello everyone, Looking for some advice if anyone has had to deal with this before them selfs, planning have come back with we had to agree to a condition to be added to our planning saying we will submit a landscape design and planting plan... see email text below "I noticed a number of trees had fell during a recent site visit to the site. On further consultation with Argyll and Bute Councils Biodiversity Officer, she has confirmed that the site is located out with the Ancient Woodland, which was highlighted as a constraint near the site. What the biodiversity officer has requested in regard to the proposal is that a Landscape Design and Planting Plan is conditioned with the planning permission and suggests some native trees in a grouping, to what is established south of the boundary to help balance out the loss of the woodland and settle the proposed dwelling house into the landscape. " does anyone know how detailed this needs to be, or anyone we can contact that could help us with this or is it something we could just sketch ourselfs to keep them happy? best regards, David
  3. Hi All, I am looking to carry out a 2 storey wrap around extension. My next door adjoining neighbour has something similar, the only slight difference is a step back from my boundary by about 2m. Therefore, the rear extension that they have is not full width I presume that they have done this to pass the 45 degree rule as I do not have an extension at present. But I am presuming that as they have an extension, I can do a similar rear extension but mine will be across the full width of the house. Will this pass planning , as my neighbour has a somewhat similar extension? Thanks
  4. I think we've got our heart set on building somewhere in open countryside, with beautiful scenery (and limited neighbours!) Although new to self-building, I am under no illusions that securing planning permission is going to be very challenging, particularly when outside of a settlement boundary. After a couple of nights reading and researching, it seems that a route which would offer a chance of success (apart from knocking down and replacing an existing dwelling already in open countryside), is to apply for planning under Paragraph 80 of the National Planning Policy Framework: "Paragraph 80 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) provides exceptional circumstances for permitting the construction of isolated dwellings within the countryside. if it is truly outstanding, reflecting the highest standards in architecture, and would help to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas; and would significantly enhance its immediate setting, and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area." I've seen a couple of posts with examples on here, including the stunning design below. - so looks like it can be done. Being realistic...am I chasing a pipe dream here? I am all ears for advice and even alternative suggestions on how to proceed.
  5. Hi. I have engaged architect now for my self build project. We appoint the architect who came at the top of the cost as we liked some of his work. He designed two house on the same street as demolish and rebuild. These are pretty big houses around 450sqm or more. On the basis of his experience with the same council and familiarity of the road as well as the design he has done (some of which award winning), we appointed him. His cost is slightly more than 15k including Buildings regs and tendering. I am pretty hands on with arranging things myself so Measured building survey/topo/bats survey/CCTV drainage survey has all been done so he would not need to do anything even in terms of tendering. Please could you advise how to achieve best value for each pound I spend on planning and design as well as tendering process. Tendering process only makes sense if he organises tenders from sub trades as no point asking for tenders from a builder as I can do that myself so dont see any value in that. Any feed back and thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  6. Hi there, this is my first post. I'm seeking some advice on how I go about planning my home extension. I am buying a 3 bed semi which is need of a complete gut out. We would like to do a double side + rear extension. I have an initial budget of approx £110k +£20k contingency to spend now in order to get the house ready to move in. I had a builder suggest phasing the refurb+build as the £130k probably wouldn't get us the whole double side + rear extension we're looking to do. I'm speaking to an architect about it to give us some options, but I'd love to get some advice and second opinions from experts on the forum that have done projects like this before. My main questions are How would you phase the build, given the initial budget will only stretch so far and we want to move in ASAP? Structurally, what do we need to consider with each phase if we took this approach? Roughly, do our budgets sound about right? Current floor plan Proposed phase 1 ground and first floor Refurb inside (new electrics, plastering, plumbing, boiler, floor, heating, doors, windows) Knock down existing garage and leave empty (building foundations for future phase) Rear extension approx 45m/sq (kitchen/diner + utility space) Proposed phase 2 Double side extension Build over existing rear extension for part double rear Loft - not part of design
  7. Hi All. I know this forum is for selfbuild house but I need some advice from you experienced people in terms of if the planning design is most appropriate most value for money option. The property is detached house with c 0.25 acre of plot and was previously used as a care home but it is currently used as 7bed HMO and has Sui Generis planning permission and HMO licence. Current value is based on income multiple based on the number of rooms so theoretically number of rooms go up, the value also go up. Hence in that basis I am planning to increase the rooms from 7 to 11 or 12 (if possible). One option was to rebuild one bed flats units but I was not sure numbers of flats I would have achieved in there and the cost of entire rebuild meant that I went with additional rooms. I did some alterations/remodelling/refurbishment in 2019 and ended up spending c125k including finance costs. It included new plumbing/electrics small utility extension, hence I did not want do radical changes in remodelling option but I think if I can recoup that via further increase in the value from rebuild of flats I might treat that 125k as sunk cost with a heavy heart but that would mo doubt hurt. I attach the exisiting and proposed plan for remodel/extension option and would appreciate your feedback on it or if you think rebuild would be more suitable as flats then happy to consider that as well. Thanks.
  8. This is an interesting one for my fellow planning eager beavers...in essence: we submitted a Non-Material Amendment, to PP already secured the LPA are required to determine all NMAs within 28 days, per the info below, no longer period was agreed in writing so the 28 days stands they have missed this date, wildly, by fully 4 months with a normal app, one would then have the recourse to go to appeal via the planning inspectorate, but no such recourse exists for NMAs: you cannot appeal them begging the question: what is the "penalty" to the LPA for failing to determine this NMA in time? Can this be leveraged at all? Are the non-material amendments we've made now, automatically, lawful as a result of the LPA failing to meet the 28 day deadline? "The time period for determination of a non-material amendment is 28 days, unless a longer period has been agreed in writing between the parties." "There is no right of appeal for refusal or non-determination of non-material amendment applications. If they are refused then the applicant would have to submit a S73 application or a new planning application instead." https://planningaid.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360011256758-Non-Material-Amendments-to-an-existing-planning-permission-section-96a-
  9. The viewpoint used to decide items is a balance between the outlay cost and the running costs. This system will not be the cheapest way to produce heating and hot water nor the most expensive installation system but a balance related to the existing equipment and personal requirements. BEST ADVICE: Read the manual of the product you are proposing to use BEFORE you buy, especially regarding the installation and check that it will work for you. Choosing the ASHP: The size of the ASHP was determined by the heat loss calculated and the peak heat demand when the outside temperature is -8C. This resulted in the requirement of a small ASHP. We did not want an all singing all dancing system, but one that would combine with the existing central heating radiators/hot water tank and MVHR. An air to water ASHP was chosen to be able to use the existing central heating radiators already installed. The radiators are too small to produce enough heat at the lower running temperature of an ASHP so water coils are being installed in the MVHR system. The other alternative would have been to replace the radiators with larger ones as the existing ones are almost all single panel which could be replaced with double panel to increase the heat output. This option is going to be held in reserve depending on the effectiveness of the water coils in the MVHR ducts. The ASHP was chosen for it minimum working temperature of -20C and the fact that it had an inverter. An inverter heat pump uses a variable speed compressor which modulates its output increasing or decreasing its speed to match exactly the heat demand requirements of the building as the outdoor air temperature changes. This makes for a more efficient output. Because the bungalow is on the edge of an estate we wanted have a low noise unit. The unit installed is listed as 46 and 60db. I think that means 46db when running at lowest and 60db when flat out. (I'm sure someone will tell me). With the distance from walls and other properties this is well within MCS requirements. Because the bungalow suffered from strong solar gain in the summer the choice was made to install an ASHP with cooling. ASHP - planning, MCS: In order to avoid requiring planning permission the decision was taken to install the ASHP under the permitted development rules. The only position where the ASHP unit could be situated within the rules was on the flat roof. Because the flat roof has 200mm of PIR and the ASHP unit is about 88kgs concern has been raised that the vibrating motion may erode the PIR over time. The decision was taken to install and monitor the out come. The positioning gives an open run of air to the unit, but far enough from neighbours to hopefully avoid problems. Its. not perfect because during the summer it is exposed to the full sun. We hope to mitigate this when cooling the building by using the PV energy to run the ASHP. The theory being: Summer=hotter sun=more electricity produced= more power to produce cooling using the ASHP. ASHP pipework: The shorter the pipework between the ASHP and the thermal envelope of the building the more efficient. The greater the pipe insulation the more efficient. The shorter the pipework between the ASHP and the hot water tank/ heating system the more efficient, especially to/from the hot water tank as the water temperature is usually higher. ASHP connections: The pipework required is 28mm for this ASHP all the way round through the hot water tank, through the buffer tank and back to the ASHP. We used 25mm thick insulation. Two flexi hoses were used at the ASHP end with two 28mm isolating valves. The power cable used was 6mm twin and earth. The cable size is related to the possible voltage loss not just the power required! Apparently the ASHP is sensitive to voltage loss. To be honest I think 4mm could have been used but there was a roll of 6mm purchased for the PV with enough excess, so this was used. A suitable fuse was required which needed to be a MCB or RCBO Type C 20amp with this ASHP. A RCBO was installed. The control of the ASHP is via a Carel LCD "user-friendly" interface Controller and various electrical links. (More later as this develops...) The 3 port valve is a 3 Port Diverter Valve not a 3 port mid-position valve. The mid-position would allow water from the ASHP to go both to hot water and heating at the same time. However the temperature of the water flowing to heat the hot water tank is expected to be different to the temperature of the water flowing to the heating/cooling. The water side of the system will require antifreeze. so the volume of the water will need to be calculated... Please let me know what else I have forgotten...
  10. Can anyone help with some advice, I have a plot of land I have been offered to purchase to start a self build, it doesn't have any planning etc on it, so is it possible to apply for planning in principle in argyll (scotland) on the land myself to get that decision atleast before dealing with solicitors etc and purchasing it. I do have site plans
  11. Hello All, newbie here! I have an issue with a neighbouring property and I wondered if any of you have had a similar experience that could shed some light. The site in question is adjacent to my property and is contiguous to 2 others. Historically (past 30+ years) this site has had 2 buildings on it, which were used for a workshop and garage for the owner who lives in a house on the opposite side of the (adopted) road – ie. not a contiguous property. In 2015, these two buildings were included in an application for a new dwelling on the site, which was approved with the existing garaging and workshop/storage utilised in that development. The development is in a conservation area and won favour by being an eco-friendly and low energy property, buried into a hillside with a grass roof etc., and specifically repurposing the existing buildings as garaging. What then happened is that the land owner split the plot, and sold only the part with the new dwelling to a self-builder, and retained the existing buildings which formed the garaging and workshop in the approved permission. He has subsequently had 2 attempts to gain permission for a dwelling on the remaining part of the site with these existing buildings, together with an appeal, but so far, he has not been successful. The self-builder is now close to completion of the new dwelling, and is about to put through a planning change for the reduced site area, a new garage and other minor amendments made along the way. The planners seem to be accepting that when presented with the application, they will have very little option but approve the amendments and reduced site area, which we find very worrying. Having looked online I have found a couple of references to the ‘red-line’ site area on a planning application as being fundamental and cannot be reduced or indeed increased without a whole new/full application and proper consideration. Both myself and another contiguous neighbour bought our properties post this approval being granted and expected a single dwelling to be built between us. To now find that the same property will be built on a compromised site and potentially another dwelling on the retained land is very upsetting. This particular neighbour’s property is grade 2 listed, which we hoped would carry some weight in this matter. Any thoughts or advice on this would be very helpful and appreciated.
  12. Hello all Having applied for a lawful development certificate I eagerly awaited the determination date which was yesterday. Only yesterday did I notice the validation letter sent by the planning authority has given themselves an indeterminate amount of time in which to reach a decision. The letter states "whilst every effort will be made to ensure that a decision is reached on the application and notice given to you by the 21st of September 2021 circumstances may dictate otherwise and to avoid excessive correspondence I shall assume unless I hear from you to the contrary that you have no objection to the period being extended to enable a decision to be issued please note the above description unless I hear to the contrary within seven days of the date of this letter I shall assume that you agree to the description." I hadn't previously noticed this and am really annoyed. Besides anything else I am annoyed with myself for not noticing this before but also the principal of acceptance by silence is extremely frowned upon in legal circles as it is often used to dupe the unsuspecting. I would really value thoughts on the legitimacy of this strategy. In my view its unethical and potentially illegal, but I would value your views. TIA.
  13. Hi, We have recently moved into a property and are looking to utilise all the garden space. Currently the garden is separated by a 2m wall which we want to knock down and extend the garden into the unused space in Picture A and Picture B (yellow line depicts where the 2m wall is currently). We originally wanted to place fencing behind the small wall but pre planning advice has let us know that it will be rejected as it "will negatively impact the character and appearance of the local area". We have attached the Pre Planning Advice Response for reference. So our second thought was to knock the small wall down and erect 1m high rail fencing and plant some 2m high hedging as we know that doing both of these, should not require planning permission. However we have been advised that this will also require planning permission to change the use of the land from from private open space to private garden land. In our Deeds (Picture C) or on our Title Plan (Picture D) it does not show a separation the the two area. We then asked the council to provide where they have acquired this information from and they sent us through an image of the original landscaping plan with a clear divide (Picture E) with this email; "I have attached an extract from the landscaping plan as part of the original planning application which informed my assessment. The plan shows the dwarf wall, the planting location to the rear and then the location of your boundary fence to your garden. Similarly, the planning layouts also show a clear division between the rear garden of the properties and the current wall position. It is for this reason that I concluded that this land is used as strategic landscaping / amenity land. Your proposal would materially change the use of the land from amenity space to garden land and therefore a change of use planning application would be required." No one maintains the area, and it is full of weeds and litter. We believe it is our responsibility to maintain it but we have no access to the area and we would not benefit from putting any effort in, as we do not use or see the space. We now don't know what to do, where to start, or whether it will be futile trying to get the change of use in the first place. TIA. Pre Planning Advice Response Letter.pdf Pre Planning Advice Response Report.pdf
  14. Hi, first post but hopefully a quick and straightforward answer, so thanks in advance. had a quick search on the forum but couldn't see anything obvious where this had been discussed. we are looking to get a wraparound single storey extension on our semi detached house. Due to the odd shape of our land, the side part of the extension starts half way back so will not span the length of the house, so completely subordinate to original structure. As it's wraparound we know we will need to seek planning permission. This is fine. the question is how wide can this side part of the extension be. I see 'can be up to 50% the width of the original structure' in many places, but what isn't clear if this is a hard and fast rule, or whether it's only for PD purposes only. As we would seek planning permission can we break this 50% rule?. To put it into context, our house is 5M wide, so 50% would add a further 2.5M. Based on our own layout ideas we would want to take this nearer to 3M, but no greater. The rear would also go out to 3M. The house is only 10 years old so has no previous extensions. Thanks John
  15. I would like to install a lantern skylight over the kitchen space. the kitchen's roof is lower than the rest of the house's roof. It has a very shallow slope facing the front elevation. I know that I should seek Planning Permission if the 'the alteration would protrude more than 0.15 metres beyond the plane of the slope of the original roof when measured from the perpendicular with the external surface of the original roof' Knowing that the lantern wouldn't be higher than the highest part of the original roof. can anyone help, does this mean I have to seek planning permission or this is considered permitted development?
  16. Hi, I have put in for permitted development for an extension, read up on all the regs but got turned down as it's too long. The existing house is over 100 years with no extension built after this time. The main house is square and has a two story 6m long 3m wide room coming off back which has a courtyard to the side. I want to build over the courtyard to the side of the rear house and join onto existing annex. The extension doesn't go past the side of the main house and goes 1.4m beyond the rear wall of the house. Is the council correct in their decision or have they misconstrued my plan. The house is not covered by any local building restrictions e.g. listed or article 4.
  17. We're in a familiar situation to many of you, I'm sure, particularly at the moment. Our planning officer who refused our latest app told me to my face "I'm handling 90 applications currently, I simply cannot engage" (aka offer any feedback or dialogue or advice), and I cannot get him on the phone or to respond to any query emails. The council trumpet the Paid Pre-App service as THE definitive, official way of getting feedback on an app, particularly ones that have been refused. (drumroll), but this has been posted on the council's website........ Our pre-application service is currently suspended. We are only accepting new pre-applications for major development for 10 or more dwellings. If you have recently submitted a pre-application request our timescales are extending beyond the advertised response times. Any new pre-applications submitted will be returned and refunded until we are able to maintain advertised service levels once more. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and are working hard to clear existing pre-applications. So, to conclude: Path A to feedback: blocked, officer will not engage Path B to feedback: blocked, pre-app service suspended I saw on another site a quote from the Planning Portal which I now maddeningly cannot locate which essentially said: "by law LPAs must engage constructively with applicants". So with both roads to "constructive dialogue" blocked, what do I do?
  18. Hi All. We have recently bought a mid-terrace property and have plans to extend to the rear. We have a problem with the neighbours rainwater drainage, which uses our property and would be blocked by any extension we built. Our next door neighbours have already created a garden room, built less than 10 years ago with a parapet party wall and multi-pitch roof. We have a small, original, singe storey pitch roof. There is a gulley drainage on their side of the parapet. The rearmost half drains to the rear edge of their property but the closest edge has been intentionally built so that the drainage runs over our pitch roof. I have attached photos and a schematic. There is a party wall agreement the drainage from this pitch roof apparently runs around the party wall then into a soak away in their garden. The document we have relating to the party wall makes no mention of this drainage. It seems like a strange setup that no owner of our house would agree to, but the house was previously let by a disinterested/cheap landlord. If we build a matching extension, this water would have nowhere to go. We have a good relationship with the neighbours but before addressing this I want to know where we stand. With no written agreement for this setup, could we demand they fix this? We would reconfigure all our drainage whilst building an extension and would not need to make use of their soakaway any longer. Many thanks in advance.
  19. Afternoon, My decision date for Planning was today, 04/05/2021. On Friday afternoon, 30/04/2021, Planning informed me that a Coal Authority Risk Assessment would be required. So basically, I was given Friday afternoon and a bank holiday weekend to source a CARA. Any idea what will happen to the decision date? Will this just be pushed back an additional few weeks so I can source? Thanks.
  20. Hello everyone, We're looking to build in the Scottish Borders and submitted planning for the following design: The planning officer has come with a comment that it's too "suburban" and the that the gable on the front elevation is too wide and overbearing -- without giving any exact reasons why. There has not been any comments/objections from the neighbours and these are some of the houses in a nearby village (5 minutes drive from the proposed site): We've pointed these out to the planning officer on an off-the-record phone call but he does not seem to be relenting. Given the lack of any objections from the neighbours or specific reasons from the planner, this really seems like the objection is purely on the basis of the design not agreeing with the officer's personal taste. We're now waiting on a formal response from the planning office but wondered if the community here had any views/advice/comments? Many thanks in advance.
  21. Hi everyone. I've got a bit of an unusual problem, don't know if anyone has anything to offer? My mum and dad bought a dilapidated bungalow about 30 years ago. They demolished it and built a two storey house. They extended the living space as much as they could under permitted development at the time. One of the stipulations local planning made was that the roof line couldn't be raised, so they ended up with their bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, in the roof. 30 years later, they're approaching 80, stairs are not so great for them. There's plenty of space for a downstairs bed/bath if they could extend, but as I say, the PDRs were fully used in the rebuild. PDR now would allow more than they used then (enough for such an extension) , but we don't think that will fly. What we're thinking is we could convert the house into a bungalow by blocking off the upstairs accommodation and removing the staircase - we know the roof height is already bungalow-appropriate. We then move the upstairs living space downstairs in the form of an extension - same living space, just in a different place I can find plenty of info on converting bungalows to houses, but nothing about going the other way, or even just about "redeploying" living space. Anyone have any experience they can share? Cheers
  22. Hi All, First post of potentially many as I start making the kids a garden room! I have read and re read the technical guidance on the Gov.uk website regarding Permitted Development Rights but I am still uncertain regarding one thing which I'm hoping someone could help with please. Room will be within 0.5m on side and rear neighbour fences (3rd side is road). I have kept the room under the 2.5m height rule and the area will be less then 30m2 so I'm fine there. Problem is I'm sure I have read somewhere that if the building is this close it need to be made from fire resistant materials but I find no mention of this in the documents on gov.uk Does anyone have any experiences that may help me Thanks David
  23. Hi there, Firstly I just want to say thanks In advance for taking time to read this and I appreciate any advice and feedback you can give me. Basic outline is: I own a corner plot house (number 5) with a large area of land to the side, front and back. I have successfully applied for and been granted full outline planning permission to build a new dwelling on the side of our current home. Just recently I sectioned off the land (where new plot will be - 5A) so it is inuncumbered. Whilst in the process of the TP1, the Solicitors informed me that there are restrictive covenants stated in the original title deeds dating back to 1988 which are enforceable by my local authority (the same local authority that approved the full planning permission) The restrictive covenants in question: I’ll upload the page below. States no other building or vehicle can be built or placed upon the land unless prior written approval off the local authority. My question is, does the planning permission supersede the original deeds given that beneficiary is the local authority and I have gained written approval by getting the planning permission approved by the local authority. I did look into getting an indemnity insurance policy via my solicitors who were dealing with the TP1 but the indem provider wanted me to provide: Copies of any objection letters, received by the local authority at the planning stage, for our consideration. If no objection letters were received, please confirm that a specific check has been made direct with the local authority to confirm that this was the case. There were no objections at the planning stage. I checked on the planing portal and it showed no objections or comments but they wanted a report from the local planning officer. I was thinking of contacting the local planning authority via email to ask but in doing so I was worried that me getting back In touch with them 18 months after the PP was approved, I’m at risk of raising a red flag and not being able to get the policy as I’ve contacted the beneficiary in question? Hope you can see my predicament and my worries here. Also, the indemnity policy in question covers the value of project rebuild at £310k, the policy itself is £695 and the first £20k of any claim is payable by myself. I just wanted to see what your take on the matter is and if you can offer any advice that would help me move forward with the project. Is there a way to get what the indem policy providers wants without raising any flags? Do I actually need to get a indem policy or should I not worry about it? Also to note, I live in a close and most other houses in the close have placed driveways on the their front gardens and have added porch’s, side/back extensions etc which I assume would have binded their restrictive covenants also. I’m sorting a self build mortgage at present to build the house in 5A, Do you know if the self build mortgage provider will also want an indemnity policy to cover this? Ps - This will be my first development so this is all new to me and I’m learning as I go. I wanted to get this sorted before I commence with the project as I was worried it could all go wrong or I’d struggle to sell in the future having binded the covenants? The solicitors have informed me I might struggle to sell to a new potential buyer if I cant get the policy, but it’s not so easy to get the policy without risking alerting them of the covenants I’m about to bind! I’m in a such a pickle! I can’t complete the TP1 until this is sorted which In turn is holding up my remortgage. Sorry for the long message and many thanks in advance if you help me. Thanks.
  24. Hi everyone i can see a few topics on fences, but need some advice before contacting local council and having to pay fees for something I might not need to. we purchased a property a few months ago and have a jungle in the back! 2 questions if anyone could help? we are replacing fencing down one side of the house that splits the back garden between us and the neighbours. It’s shared ownership on the dead’s but they won’t pay for fencing but happy for us to do this. Do we need to have the good side facing them if it’s shared responsibility and they don’t want to pay for it? From reading I don’t think we have to have the ‘good’ side facing them if the above applies. what I can’t find anything on: we have a very over grown back of the garden that backs onto a public footpath and road. We intend to clear the jungle but it leaves us exposed at the back of the house. The back boundary is cordoned off all along the back of all the houses by a waist height council fence. Then there is the a footpath and main road. Once it’s all removed we want to place a fence here no more than 2m as per guidance. This would be on our ‘land’ boundary. Are we okay to do this? The whole row of houses have either fences or mostly trees that provide the privacy. thank you so much for any help!
  25. Hi Folks, My first post here. I have so far put down an elevated concrete pad (30cm high) and have also built the walls out of solid dense 7.3N concrete blocks.Aas it stands the height of the highest block is 2.73m high including the concrete pad height (front of build). The problem is once the single-pitched roof is on the building height will be roughly 3.10m high. I have since been doing some digging and it seems the building may be too high? I have attached an image below so you can see the plan. I know people who have buildings just as high and some higher! that actually touch the boundaries of their neighbours and have been passed by the local council (Norwich, UK). So I'm confused as to what is ACTUALLY permissible and what's not, given the information online and the contradictory reality. Can somebody help? Also is there anything else I need to think about given the size of the building. Thanks
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