This was an important week, with a decision made by West Berkshire on my application to vary some of the conditions of the original planning application. When the planning enforcement officer visited the site, because of the complaint by my neighbours about the landscaping of the garden; he looked at all of the conditions and pointed out that I should not have demolished the old house without meeting condition 8.
This related to me obtaining a license to demolish a bat roost. I had asked for this requirement to be removed because of the hardship it would cause me. The response was that I needed to apply formally ( and pay some money). This has now been done and the condition for a license has been removed, but I now have to arrange a bat monitoring survey by a licensed ecologist for 3 year after the house is completed. I also now have to have a landscaping plan approved by the council and implemented during the first planting season.
This week also saw the finish of all the groundworks. A concrete footing was laid around the lounge slab to carry the brick façade which will be the visible face of the new house.
With this last step complete, all of the initial phase of works are complete. Nothing more needs to be done until Touchwood homes arrive to erect the timber frame. Unfortunately the date for this has slipped again and I am now probably at a lose end until 11th August.
Keep watching the blog though, because there may be some news from the other side of the Pacific.
TTFN – Mick