Ah this one is a cracker:
You’re compliant with planning if you get the foundation in (or up to wallplate):
This is going to catch a lot of people out of the forthcoming years; you have (as part of your planning permission) 5 years in which to complete your building (it has recently been introduced that you can now extend this by a further 5 years – read HERE why this isn’t a ‘given’.
The myth therefore is that you are compliant with your planning permission if (depending on the myth talker):
But what is the truth?
This is what has exactly arisen recently and to avoid enforcement you will need to Complete the dwelling house (in this instance) in accordance with the drawings.
This means that you will need:
* Wall finishes
* Roof finishes
In effect you need to look at the elevations and say “does what it built now in accordance with what is drawn in plan, section and elevation”.
Enforcement won’t be too bothered about what’s happening inside the house but if push came to shove and there were conditions that you weren’t complying with or details on the drawings that weren’t adhered too then officially the building is still not complete.
Comments as ever welcome…
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