I posted a couple of weeks ago about suitability of my existing boiler
to power extra rads in a barn I am converting.
Wonder if anyone could help with my next question....
I am told my a neighbour that the guy who owned the house before me
tried to get planning permission to convert the barn into a 'care
home' - but there was a problem with the foundations? I cannot verify
this by speaking with the old owner but can anyone point me in the
right direction. I don't want to waste time planning the conversion
only to find there IS a problem with the foundations...
Thanks in advance (again)...!
On Sun, 11 Jan 2004 21:06:46 +0000, Simon Hawthorne
The usual problem with barn foundations is simply that in many cases
there are none. They were simply agricultural outbuildings thrown up
on flatish) bits of ground. It was a barn after all and not built to
last for decades.
Yes, but this wouldn't in itself cause a problem in obtaining Planning
Permission. The only reason I can think of why the foundations (or lack of)
might be a factor regarding Planning Permission is if it's an archeologically
sensitive site. Otherwise, possibly the OP means Building Regulations approval,
not Planning Permission.
Either way, a trip to the local Planning Office to ask them all about it is
probably the best advice.
Quite right. This is a building control issue.
However the original builder may have decide to apply for 'demoilish and
re-erect om the bronds that it was too expensive to underpin, and been
Under these circumstances a long chat with the planners and BCO's is
well worth while.
Although they like you to go the route of you propose. we reject' with a
bit of outrght brown-nosing they can be persuaded into 'well what
*would* you allow then?'
Seconded outright. They LIKE to be apprecaietd and grovelled to, and
judging by the excresence up the road, bribed...
Local council. If plan were really submitted, they
will let you have a look (and I'd have expected it
to be mentioned when you were buying the house).
Although PP may not be bothered about foundations
Or, dig down a foot or two and see what you find.
Looks at new pictures of single-skin brick two-storey
barn with weak walls, tie-bars etc. I don't think anyone
would bother just underpinning those walls - although
the gable end above the 'workshop' looked OK.
Ok, thanks again guys. I have asked a structural engineer to come
round and have a look at it - he gave the house & barn the once over
before I bought it. He is also checking out with the local planning
office tomorrow so should get some answers....
My old house has no foundations, they simply scraped off the loos soil and
started building. The house has been there 200 years, so it must work.
However the attached barn has no roof, so along comes building regs takes one
look at the foundations and tells me the walls won't hold up a feather not alone
plant in steel pillars to hold roof
I am choosing rebuild, in block clad with orignal stone. This also resolves
issues with insulation values, and water from the soil that in places is 6 foot
I spent AGES finding an architect that had many similar projects under his belt,
and was not an arty-farty spend 4 times more money than I had type. Once I found
guy he made the whole problem seem much simpler .........
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