In a bit of a dilemma and was wondering if anyone can help or been in a similar situation.
We are looking to buy a house and am very close to exchanging contracts. However, the conveyancers spotted that the porch did not have planning permissions but did have building regulations.
The porch however looks like it exceeds the limits of a permitted development. i.e. looks like it is higher than the 3 meter with a area larger than 3 sq meters....
So, dilemma is, what do we do. We had a look at the planning websites, spoke to the local council and got varying answers in what to do.
Conveyancers have briefly spoke about a indemity insurance so that we are covered if anything was to happen after we own the property. No idea how long this runs for or what we should do after.
Some say we should not exchange till the vendors get an LDC for the work as we don't want to get stuck with a property that has parts of it not "approved". However, this could apparently take up to 8 weeks.
Some say, "don't wake a sleeping dog". If no one is complaining, don't mention it to the council or try get planning, but this potentially could be a problem when we decide to sell the property.
Anyone been in a similar situation or can give us any advice on this please?
p.s porch is only around 2 years old so hasn't hit the 4 year?! limit?