esterelle wrote:You are correct DOC that there were additional regulations introduced which outlawed the demolition of certain non-habitable structures. It seems a bit daft but you were fortunate that Planning Legislation cannot operate retrospectively. Demolition of habitable structures has been outlawed for quite a while but you can demolish an old house by stealth and stay within the regulations. One wall at a time, taken out and replaced by new construction. Its expensive of course but perhaps worth it if you have really bad walls.
Interesting that the Council you were dealing with got it wrong and had to issue a revised declaration. Councils get quite a lot wrong continuously and have different interpretations on many matters. Planning should be much simpler to understand for the public. Unfortunately there are certain gurus in the Councils who wish to control things and look after those they like if you get my drift.
There's drift, and then there's fact.
We were moithered by a drainage dept two years ago or so - after some flooding two miles away - when we applied for a rear extension.
This is in an urban area not prone to flooding, where a flash flood had occurred through some freak weather conditinos following a period of prolongued rain.
We had to submit AI to show the lowest part of our extension, which stepped down with the land to and existing outbuilding, was higher than the invert of the road stormwater gully out side the entrance of the house.
We were fine, as it happened although it took several phone calls to determine exactly what the local authority wanted us to show, the language being a little ambiguous and the road itself haveign a health fall as it went last the house, making flood run off highly unlikely, although not impossible. All well and good you mihgt think - sound policies.
Imagine my surprise when the local authority turned a blind eye to a the development of a basement without permission. Admittedly it was several miles away from the site of the flooding, but then so was the house extension site. It seemed wholly inconsistent and I ran my concerns all the way up to senior planning level but without too much satisfaction.