Saturday, January 15, 2022

Garden offices and party walls

Dull but important are planning issues. One that is not mentioned quite so often is the hoo-hah over party walls. Novello chartered surveyors have a good explainer here, but here's a snippet:

To find out whether your project will be affected, the first point to consider is whether there are any shared or adjoining structures within 3 metres of the foundations of your new office. This would include garden walls and brick-built sheds but not timber fences or sheds. If there are, and the foundations of your office will be deeper than those of the existing structure, notice would need to be served to your neighbours. Similarly, if the external walls of the new office will be up to or on the property boundary, notice will again need to be served under Section 1 of the Act.

Also well worth reading on the subject is Justin Burns from Peter Barry chartered surveyors. The official information from the government, unless they're all out at a work event in the garden, is here where the key takeaway is "Your neighbours can’t stop you from making changes to your property that are within the law, but they can affect how and when your works are carried out."

Image courtesy Garden Affairs


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