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Excavating up to pavement

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by askman, 27 Oct 2017.

  1. askman


    30 Aug 2017
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    United Kingdom
    Does anyone know of any planning permission / building regs issues surrounding excavating one’s garden which leads to a council pavement in order to level it?

    My grandfather is looking to buy a house which has a patch of grass / garden which is around 3-4m wide running the length of the house from approx. 1m below pavement level up to the path.

    He wants to flatten this to park his caravan on however I am concerned about the impact this would potentially have on the pavement that runs along it and the structural works required to ensure that the pavement does not collapse which I imagine would involve a concrete retaining wall.

    On top of this, because it affects council property, I'd imagine that there would be planning permission and building regs issues around this...
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  3. ^woody^


    3 Sep 2006
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    West Mids
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    Your grandad will have a common law duty regarding support to any adjacent land, whether it's council land or not. But the fact that it's a public highway would also invoke other legislation should he prevent normal usage of the highway by causing it to collapse or create a trip/fall hazard.

    It's not a planning issue for the excavation, but that's not to say that the work itself (creating a hard standing, and or access) does not need planning permission.

    Building regulations won't apply.

    Parking caravans may be prevented by the deeds or a previous planning permission.
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