Planning: demolish and rebuild

Demolishing and rebuilding an existing house is a great way to create a self-build project, especially in the countryside where good plots are scarce. But the economics of demolition and rebuild can be unattractive, unless you can build a much larger house than the one you’re demolishing. But with planning policies often placing tight restrictions on the size of replacements, what can be done to maximise on the opportunities that are out there?

Planning: demolish and rebuild

 

Whether you’re building in an urban area or out in the countryside, planning policies should generally allow you to replace one house with another. You can sweep up both planning permission to demolish (which is needed for houses) and permission for the new house in one application. Don’t think about demolishing first, then applying to rebuild because (especially in the countryside) the existing house is the only reason you can build a new one. Lose this and you could lose the right to rebuild.

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Surveys: Assessing Plots & Property

Searching for a spot to create your dream home is an emotional journey but it’s vital that you fully assess a plot or existing building before you sign on the dotted line.

Surveys: Assessing Plots & Property

Whether you’re keen to build a new house on bare land or would like to convert or renovate an existing structure, before you press ahead with a project you’ll need to ensure its fit for purpose – and that you can realise your scheme within budget.

Various checks and surveys can help you establish the viability of a building project. You can undertake some of these yourself, while others are more formal surveys and reports that go alongside planning applications and will require professional input.

The latter can add considerable costs to your budget and may have implications for your build schedule. It’s therefore essential to know what’s involved in some of the more common surveys and how they might affect your ambitions for your dream home before you get started.

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How to navigate the building regulations

Self-builds and major renovations must comply with basic safety and efficiency standards. Andy Butchers gives his top tips on how to ensure you get the requisite approvals in place.

The Building Regulations are minimum standards governing the design, construction and alteration of virtually any type of structure – whether new-build, renovation, domestic, commercial or
otherwise. The regs are administered by building control bodies, which could be the local authority or a private-sector approved inspector, licensed by the Construction Industry Council.

They first came about after the Great Fire of London with a view to improving fire safety in the capital. They have been repeatedly updated since. National standards were first published in 1965.
The Building Act 1984 then went on to introduce Approved Documents (which set out routes to compliance), while the current Building Regulations came about in 2010, with subsequent tweaks.

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Sennocke provide facility for Japanese Knotweed Remediation companies

As an extension of the Build-Zone Warranty business, Sennocke have negotiated a Lloyd’s Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG) facility for Japanese Knotweed Remediation companies without the need to have expensive membership of any association.

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed is one of the major problems facing Developers and Builders currently. Many Lenders will not offer financial loans on properties or developments with Japanese Knotweed or a history of the plant. This has seriously affected the market… until now.

The most important aspect to consider when providing IBG’s is the financial stability and security of the Insurers themselves. Sennocke is working with some of the best Japanese Knotweed removal companies to guarantee the removal for up to 10 years by providing a IBG backed by Lloyd’s of London. 

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A busy month for Construction and Property in the UK

The Self-Build Zone and Build Zone teams have had a jam-packed October, visiting shows across the country. We have had representatives present at some of our favourite shows this month and would like to encourage our readers to remember to add them to your diary next year!

construction shows

We kicked October off with UK Construction Week, UK Construction Week is the UK’s largest construction trade event. It took place at the Birmingham NEC from 10 -12th October 2017. This event unites over 650 exhibitors with an audience of over 35,000 trade visitors.

UK Construction Week celebrates an exciting and dynamic industry, offering visitors and exhibitors a place to network, debate and discover innovation.

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