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Lammas eco village

summer 2011

The Lammas self build project at Tir y Gafel, Glandwr, Pembrokeshire, is Wales’ first collective initiative based on what is now the (TAN)6 national planning guidance for sustainable rural communities. (One Planet Development).

Planning permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. (not […]

Retrofit

‘Under the Sun’, a Victorian terrace house in Birmingham is an outstanding example of bringing a fairly typical old building up to PassivhausSee more on the Passivhaus standard. The PassivHaus Institute has pioneered a standard for low energy buildings. It includes very low energy usage and ways of achieving this. The word is derived […]

Demolitions

demolition is not without its risks

Building Control

Demolition of existing buildings is covered on the Planning Portal web site. Also if there is a tenant in the building then check out Initial demolition notices

Basically the local authority Building Control require 6 weeks written notice (except for certain exempt buildings). They may then […]

Wall construction

see also Brick Cob Concrete blocks Hemp / Lime Insulating concrete forms Rammed Earth Solid timber Steel frame Stonework Straw Bale Ziegel blocks What’s the most eco-friendly wall?

Well there are several angles on that. Some of the most important aspects of walls are their insulation values, their air-tightnessA measure of how leaky […]

Design it yourself

see also A Pattern Language Almere, Netherlands Designing with timber Lighting Spiral stair calculators Stair design Straight stair calculator Window design

The Ashley Vale development in Bristol shows a wealth of creative input by the residents

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Self build, although demanding, can be […]

Architects

Although architects have been quite slow on learning about green design principles there has recently been a bit of a scramble to catch up and they all now claim to know about the subject. In fact most architects practices leave the technical work to architectural technicians they employ. It may pay to ask quite detailed […]

Searches

Normally your solicitor will submit a search (covered by the Local Land Charges Act 1975) to the local authority directly before you purchase a self build plot or a property. This will include standard questions about various item such as previous planning permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such […]

Regulations / standards

see also Building Regulations Approved Documents (England) 7 – Material and workmanship A – Structure B1 – Fire Safety C – Site preparation etc. D – Toxic substances E – Sound resistance F – Ventilation G – Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency H – Drainage and waste disposal J – Combustion appliances and […]

Planning Permission

October 2016.

see also Detailed Planning Permission Outline Planning Permission Taking On The Planners What is planning permission?

Planning permission must be obtained for all new houses and for most alterations (there are a few exceptions to do with small additions such as porches). The actual legislation is contained in the NPPFNational Planning Policy […]

Detailed Planning Permission

This is a very different matter from outline planning permission and as the name suggests, the fine details of the design are ironed out at this stage. This can in some cases be very detailed indeed. For instance, if you want to build in an existing conservation area it may well get right down to […]

Taking On The Planners

What happens when the planners are not going to allow you to do something which you think is completely reasonable?

Planning mentality

It is important to understand how planners think. At the end of the day most of them want an easy life and a guaranteed salary so they tend to try to achieve an […]

Outline Planning Permission

Don’t confuse planning permission (either outline or detailed) with Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more to do with whether you can put up the building in the first place). […]