I think what fred is saying is that you do need planning permission to knock
down a building. Of course, that doesn't stop half the developers round here
buying large Victorian houses on large plots and demolishing them in favour
of flats with no suggestion of planning permission in advance. "Sorry guv,
my foot must have slipped off the clutch on my bulldozer. Here's twenty
thousand quid I just found in my pocket."
Like the major owning brewery did with the historic Tommy Ducks pub in the
heart of Manchester city centre. In the middle of the night too.
They only received a small fine for doing it.
The land it was on (opposite Central Station and The Midland Hotel) is
worth a fortune
I still wonder why there was so little fuss made afterwards. It
The hotel where we had our wedding reception closed down, and permission
was sought to build houses/apartments on the site. Permission was
refused and then... mysteriously... some weeks later the place burned
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My understanding is that you do need permission to demolish a
'dwelling house' -the law was changed on this in 1992. See
for an example of what you would have to fill in before you get busy
with your sledgehammer.
Steady on, that's how Nicholas Van Hoogstraten started out. Since 1948
the planning legislation has been based on the theory that the way in
which land owners use their land has an impact on everyone else, and
so should be regulated for the public good. Seems to me there are much
more annoying limitations on ownership, such as why I can't put a
light switch in my bathroom in a position about ten feet from any
sources of water, but let's not go there ;-)
I see no reason why you can't. 10 feet would put it totally outside the
zones. Even if it was in Zone 3 (from 0.6 to 2.4m from the edge of the
shower/bath) it would be allowed. Sinks and toilets don't count towards the
limitation, provided common sense is used.
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