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What constitutes 'starting' a build for planning purposes?

Postby davidb2000 » Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:55 pm

I have planning permission for a 2 holiday cabins on my land and need to start the build within the 3 year time limit. However, I want to do the minimum possible amount of work to satisfy the requirement, as I have no intention of completing the build at this time, but want to preserve the permission. Local council say this is fine in principle but are very vague about what constitutes a 'start'.
Would it be ok to just dig the drainage, for example? I'd prefer not to have to lay foundations, because then I would be left looking at ugly concrete footings.
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Postby bd3cc » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:15 pm

I would think it is possibly the 1st phase that needs to be inspected by BC.
This could be the trenches for the footings. Personnally doubt that it would be the drainage, as this needs to be pressure tested.
You should have a list of where BC needs to inspect, but in the long run, it could be cheaper to renew the permission after 3 yrs
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Postby kbrownie » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:44 am

i'd hold back the work for two and half years, then reconsider my options.
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Postby holboob » Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:50 pm

in my experience it is minimum of the foundations being laid

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