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Party wall agreement?

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by LazyDozer, 5 Aug 2019.

  1. LazyDozer

    LazyDozer

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    Dear All,

    We got PP to build a single story side extension. This lies on our land, and lengthens and existing side extension that is our wall (not party). The next doors land starts immediately after this wall. Basically

    Our land|Wall on our land| Neighbours land

    Now the neighbours house is about 1.2 meters away, two story 1969 build.

    He wants to engage a party wall surveyor in case we cause his house to collapse. Now the length of our wall that will run parallel to his house is 2m. His eaves end wall (9m long) is only 2m parallel to this part where foundations will go. Houses are staggered.

    I think it might be a section 6 of the PWA, but not sure if we need one or not, foundation deeper than his?

    What’s the best way to go about this? Many thanks
     
  2. tony1851

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    The Act will only apply if you are excavating within 3m of his wall and your excavation will be at a lower level than the underside of his foundation.
    If both houses were built in 1969, it's quite likely his foundation will be at the same depth as yours, so when digging for your new foundation, don't go lower than your existing foundation. In any case, you don't strictly know the depth of his foundation, so how would you know whether or not to apply the Act in the first place? It's just nonsense.
    Don't be bounced into paying for a surveyor - they can cost £££s and PWA surveyors rarely add any value to a project but they do add value to their own bank accounts.
     
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  3. LazyDozer

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    Thanks a lot Tony, much appreciated
     
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