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Party Wall

Party Wall

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 gives building owners rights to do work to the party wall (shared wall) and when excavating or building close to the boundary line. The Act sets out the procedure that needs to be undertaken before work starts. The main obligations are to tell the neighbour that the work is to be done and to repair any damage that might be caused by the work.

Under the Act the person carrying out the work is known as the ‘Building Owner’ and the neighbour is known as the ‘Adjoining Owner’. We can act for either or both owners to ensure that the provisions of the Party Wall etc Act are complied with.

Woodstock Design Ltd specialise in Party Wall work and we can advise whether the proposed scheme falls under the Act, whether notice is required and prepare the relevant notices. We also act for adjoining owners who have received notice.

For enquiries relating to Party Wall disputes, please contact us directly for a free consultation.
Design

Design

At Woodstock we appreciate that every customer has individual requirements. Our promise is to provide an architectural design that not only meets our customer’s needs but exceeds expectations.

We work closely with our clients from the development of the initial design brief, through the various stages of the design process. These include Local Authority Planning and Building Regulations approvals, selection of suitable contractors, tendering and inspection and certification of the work being carried out on site.

Our recent projects range from small residential extensions to large builds and appreciation of historic and listed buildings.

Where necessary we advise on the appointment of other specialist Construction professionals such as Structural Engineers and Building Services Engineers to ensure we meet our client’s requirements and our designs comply with current design regulations and good practice.
Planning

Planning

We are able to advise Clients on the development potential of their property, or property which they intend to purchase, and if appropriate we will make planning applications on their behalf. Our approach to preparing a planning application follows the various stages detailed below, at all times we discuss the process with our clients and ensure that the scheme reflects their requirements.
  • Feasibility Study – This normally forms Stage 1 of our projects. We review local and national planning guidance and precedents to assess whether the proposed scheme is feasible. Quite often this stage forms part of our initial site visit.

  • Design – If we consider the scheme broadly complies with local policy and is technically possible then we prepare a detailed design brief with the client and prepare a design that meets the clients needs, maximises space whilst remaining within the confines set by the Local Authority Planning Guidance.

  • Submission of application – Once we have arrived at a design that meets the clients needs this is developed into a full set of drawings and documents for submission to the Local Authority.

  • Liaison with case officer – Throughout the determination of the planning application we regularly contact the case officer to answer any concerns they may have.
Building

Building

Building Regulations deal with the technical aspect of how a building is constructed. It is often necessary to seek Building Regulation Approval, as well as Planning Permission, as part of an overall scheme for alteration, extension or new build, it may be that building regulation approval is required even if Planning Permission is not required for the scheme.

We can produce all necessary drawings, plans, details, specification and structural calculations that may be required for a Full Plans Submission or deal with the matter as a Building Notice where appropriate. Contravention of the Regulations can result in significant penalties so it is important to ensure the works are properly specified and supervised. We can offer advice on the operation of the regulations and how to comply with them, liaise with the local authority on your behalf and apply for and gain Building Regulation Approval.