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January 3, 2009 by Orchard Planning Solutions in forum Home Improvement Forum

#3 Orchard Planning Solutions, 3 January 2009, 14:35

Welcome to the Interative Forum.

Please share your views (both good and bad) on how you have improved your property.

#5 Rob Jones, 22 January 2009, 19:50

i had an issue with the planning for an improvment to my house and i had to get good advice and i won

#9 Richard Atherton, 2 June 2009, 21:27

Hi I have an old clay pit in my garden but it is not within my residential curtalage. i would like to fill some of it in then plant the top of it with trees it wouldnt just benefit my house it would benefit another four houses its to give us some more protection from the main road. my question is how small does a hole have to be that you wouldn't need planning to fill it up? i am in a conservation area. your advice would be great thanks

#11 Mark Andrews, 6 June 2009, 07:44

You raise an interesting point in respect of the plot in question. Given that the plot is not within your residential curtilage, that means as I understand, that the permitted development rights of your home do not extend to that land. From a planning perspective, the planners will be most interested in "fact and degree"; that is how big is the hole and how much of it do you want to fill. The answer to this will generally determie if the proposal is regarded as an engineering operation.
The issue that is also relevant is that of the Conservation Area status of the area. The Historic Buildings Officer is likely to express an interest and the pit in question may have historic value. I suggest you contact your local planning office before you carry out any work setting out exactly how big the pit is, what you intend doing and also that the area is in a conservation area.

What you propose sounds an exciting project.

#135 John Brewer, 30 November 2011, 09:33

Extension next door to my mother's property. My mother lives in a semi-detached and her neighbours are having an extension to their dining room. My mother already has a conservatory with windows on the adjoining wall side. The new extension is to be brick which will go beyond her windows. The extension is also going to be further forward that her conservatory. When the extension is built it will cut out her light as she is on the northside of the two semi's. Can she do anything about this. If she did not have a conservatory then her light would be diminished even further because of the brick wall which will be no more than 3 mtrs. What can she do?

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