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Developers – Don’t miss out on investment opportunities under the new 2016 Permitted Development Rights. . .

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016 (SI 2016 No. 332), which comes into force on 6 April. LAUNDERETTES TO RESIDENTIAL USE The wording of Class M has been amended to include launderettes among the types of building uses that may be converted to residential use under this Class. Paragraph M.2(1)(d)(i) has been amended to refer additionally to launderettes in relation to the test as to the impact of the change of use on adequate provision of services of the sort that may be provided by such a building. OFFICES TO RESIDENTIAL USE The previous deadline for the completion of a residential conversion under Class O (31 May 2016) is entirely removed, by the deletion of paragraph O.1(c), which had imposed this deadline. However, there is now a condition (which is already found within a number of other Classes of permitted development in Part 3) that the development under Class O must be completed within a period of 3 years from the prior approval date. Where prior approval under Class O has already been given, this means that the three-year time limit for completion of the development is calculated from that date, which in some cases may not leave developers who got prior approval some time ago with too much extra time within which to complete their development. One of the promised changes was the removal of the exclusion of permitted development under Class O in the ‘exempted areas’ (Article 2(5) Land). As previously announced, this exclusion of exempted areas is to be extended in order to give LPAs the opportunity to put Article 4...

New House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Headington

Home Design Studios were tasked with producing designs  for the refurbishment and extension of a somewhat dilapidated and untidy three-bedroom semi-detached property in Girdlestone Road, Headington, Oxford, for use a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO). The remit was to achieve six comfortable size bedrooms, each with its own en-suite facility, a communal lounge and dining space, and shared kitchen.  Click the drawing to see more detail. This was achieved by utilising the ‘Prior Notification’ planning application process for a larger home extension projecting rearward six metres. CLC Limited of Cowley, Oxford were appointed to undertake the construction and refurbishment works. The project was not without its challenges. During the ‘strip out’ and formation of new openings it became apparent the building was a Lang Easiform insitu cast concrete wall construction resting on a shallow depth 400mm wide footing bearing down on rock and shale. Invasive works identified hairline cracks in the Lang Easiform wall panels and this introduced concern with specific regard to the structural implications of the removal and cutting of these panels to form the large opening through the rear external wall.  CAM Consultancy the structural consultants for the project  produced designs for an encased portal frame over the foundation in order to tie the existing wall leaves to the new structural opening and foundation.  The rear wall leaves were removed in their entirety from ground to eaves and replaced with a new thermal block wall finished with an external render coat. The images that follow show the high standard of the finished rooms and common spaces.  The property is currently being marketed for let at £3,750 pcm by White...

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) came into force in Great Britain on 6 April 2015. They set out what people involved in construction work need to do to protect themselves from harm and anyone the work affects.  Whatever your role in construction, CDM aims to improve health and safety in the industry by helping you to:   sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish have the right people for the right job at the right time cooperate and coordinate your work with others have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed communicate this information effectively to those who need to know consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being manage CDM 2015 is subject to certain transitional arrangements, for construction projects that began before 6 April 2015 and continue beyond that date. Need building work done? A short guide for clients on the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015   Cover of draft CDM Regulations 2015 Date of publication: 2015 Series code: INDG411 (rev1) Download a free copy This leaflet is aimed at anyone having maintenance, small-scale building work or other work carried out. As a client you have duties under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The Regulations aim to make sure the construction project is safe to build, use and maintain and offers good value. The leaflet explains what clients need to do and points out where you can find out more. Domestic clients If you are having work done on your own home, or the home...

Government to continue relaxed rules on planning permission for home extensions

PLANNING restrictions on home extensions are to be relaxed for another five years under Tory plans to help families stuck on the housing ladder to improve not move. Rocketing house prices have led to a rise in the number of extensions being built because owners cannot afford to trade up. The Coalition relaxed the rules in 2012 for three years to let people build extensions of up to eight metres without full planning permission as long as their neighbours don’t object. This will now continue until 2020. Party chairman Grant Shapps said: “We want common sense to prevail on home extensions so families aren’t crushed by expensive red...

Thinking of Buying a Listed Building? Do you know . . . .

 . . .your responsibilities and liability? Did you know that you as a new owner of a listed building inherit full responsibility and are wholly liable for any work done by any previous owners that has not been carried out with the correct listed building consent, and in strict accordance with listed buildings planning policies and building regulations? Furthermore if a local authority consider that a listed building is not being properly preserved, they may serve on the owner a ‘Repairs Notice’ under Section 48 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990. This notice must specify the works which the authority consider reasonably necessary for the proper preservation of the building and explain that if it is not complied with within two months, the authority may make a Compulsory Purchase Order and submit it to the Secretary of State for confirmation (Section 47 of the Act). Sections 54 and 55 of the Act state that if the building is unoccupied, the authority can serve a notice on the owner giving him seven days’ notice of their intention to carry out repairs which are urgently necessary to secure its preservation and recover the cost from the owner. If the owner deliberately neglects the building in order to redevelop the site, the local authority may not only acquire the building, but may do so at a price which excludes the value of the site for redevelopment.  These powers may also be exercised by the Secretary of State. Owners of listed buildings can, in some cases, get grants or loans to help them with repairs and maintenance.          Download...