Currently enjoying a bit of a discussion with local planning department. We have found out that the builders who did the loft conversion had a history of non-compliance with regulations and have since disappeared.
The major issue is that the escape window is very slightly over the 1700 max distance from the eaves, meaning that a rescuer on a ladder would be unable to reach someone hanging out of the escape window.
However, the ground floor has a small extension with pitched roof, meaning that to clear this, a ladder would have to be placed further out from the bottom of the wall to rest on the eaves of the first floor and consequently would reach further over the eaves towards the loft than would normally be the case.
Does anyone have any advice/precedents for this? have we got a case to argue???