Want to build a new house in my back garden



eco
The spec was not high. It was a superinsulated house (a normal house with high insulation levels) and a solar roof, and a large water store. Not rocket science.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

It depends on the council, of course, but it's quite likely that they won't want to deviate from the local plan so if you want to develop outside the designated envelope you will probably have quite a fight on your hands. It also depends on whether they have identified sufficient development sites to cover the predicted new housing requirements of the area - if so you could also be in trouble.
One of the reasons that they can deviate from the plan is if there is a lack of affordable housing for local residents in the area. Your low-cost housing is a good bit of planning gain but I doubt that the council will want to own them - have a word with a local housing association instead.
An eco house was built near where my parents live - it's almost completely burried in the ground. I think the original application was rejected by the city council but it was granted planning permission on appeal to Prezza - the eco credentials plus the minimal impact on the vicinty (it is barely visible) made the case.
Neil
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
NickW wrote:

Extremely good if you can find the right group of people to bribe. I never did, but it mst be possble because developers etc seem to e doung it all over the place.

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Where are these developers doing it? Last year was the lower house building figures since the early 1920s, yet the big builders made record profits. The government launched an investigation, via Kate Barker, as to why so few houses are being built. It seems the developers are bribing people not to build houses.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Round our way, the developers seem to be bullzozing any Victorian houses or villas in sight and placing faceless blocks of flats on the plots. It's like the 1960s all over again.
Christian.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

or
like
It has been happening where I live too - but not budozing Victorian terraces, simply putting up two or three houses under the guise of making one affordable home ( what affordable at 180K for a 2 bed box with 20ft of garden in rural Cornwall?) and the council had been allowing it.
Its just greed.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

That I could stomach. I don't mind some phosphate and nitrate polluted farmer's field succumbing to houses. It is the permanent loss of some of the most beautiful Victorian Gothic houses that I'm angry about.
Christian.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
McArdle wrote:

But those "most beautiful Victorian Gothic houses" were probably put up by the Barratt Homes of their day. Probably 80% of Conservation Areas are just yet another lot of Victorian spec-build and if they can be redeveloped to provide more housing then I'd much rather this happened than it being forced out into areas where there are no shops, no PT, no other facilities and car ownership is therefore all but mandatory.
It's a strange thing about Conservative politicians: suggest closing a steelworks or coal mine and severely impacting a community and they'll be all in favour of it, claiming that it's just market forces at work. Suggest replacing a couple of Victorian villas by a block of flats and they suddenly believe that the state knows best. If market forces were allowed to operate we'd have more housing being built, and with the removal of an artificial shortage developers would have to work harder to deliver good quality.
--
Tony Bryer SDA UK 'Software to build on' http://www.sda.co.uk
Free SEDBUK boiler database browser http://www.sda.co.uk/qsedbuk.htm
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Christian

Excellent post. The term Jerry Built was from a Victorian builder named Jerry Bros. It is the draconian planning act that is the problem, closely followed by the land being in the hands of a few people. The artificial shortage prevents market forces serving the people. There should be little requirement for publicly subsidised housing, which takes an enormous amount of taxpayers money each year, if the free market was to reign. And better competition would mean better designs and quality and far cheaper house prices. In short, solve the land/planning problems and many ills are also solved. Land is the root cause of many of the country's problems and if tackled even our taxes will drop.
The large landowners spend millions each year in propaganda to convince us we are short of land (a downright lie, as we have a surplus) and that subsidised fields, by great expense from our taxes again, should be left and we are all rammed into tight urban spaces.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

making
the
And building over green spaces in cities and towns. I see Liverpool FC, or is that Bangkok FC now, want to build a stadium on the adjacent park. Scumbags.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Christian McArdle wrote:

Your are out of date. Its no longer commercially viable to use heavy fertilizers on crops.
Round here they get a quick dusting of herbicide, and a little fungicide, and the weeds grow alongside em.
A rotation takes care of butrient.

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

It is not greed. The country is short of millions of homes. The problem is that we are not allowed to build on subsidised fields. That is the problem. If we were allowed to build on boring fields then garden in-fills and the likes would not happen.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

houses
It's
making
of
is
problem.
Like the five acres of field I have just bought which borders my existing smallholding and the lane ( I own) that allows access to it? There is already one house next to me - built in the 1980's. That will be the last within a five acre radius in my lifetime.
There are no mains services ( gas or drains) in the village down the road from me - I too am outside the current building line - and the storm drains cant take whats thrown at them already.
We may need that land you want to build on to house the millions to feed the bloody hoards in a minute.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

20ft
problem
the
If you want to build there, why not? As long as neighbours are not duly inconvenienced nothing wrong with it.

Good for you, if that is what you want. It would be nice if someone could build a house in the fields near you and also have 5 acres around them too.

"may need". WE NEED IT NOW.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

feed
Well when someone actually makes that clear to me ( ie starts saying grow on this land , not build on it) then I will put it under cultivation. Its just a nature reserve at the moment ( not a managed one I might add.) The previous owner was a "part time" farmer and put a few cows in the field every now and then ( like once a year) and cut it to hay in the summer.
I havent done anything yet.

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

on
just
field
No need to. No need to grow anything on it either as we pay farmers not to produce. You should not have to go to these extremes to maintain your quality of life. Change the planning system/land ownership and what you are understandable doing will be a thing of the past.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
IMM wrote:

No, its overflowing with idiots. Like you. Where's Shipman when you need him?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Been at the port again?
< snip tripe by an idiot >
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I have to agree
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Fri, 04 Jun 2004 15:46:46 +0100, Christian McArdle wrote:

Large Victorian house around our way has just gone via auction. Waiting to see what happens to it (Worcs).I suspect that it will be going to new flats.
Dave
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.