Archive for the ‘Planning’ Category

Demolishing boundary and party walls in conservation areas

June 02, 2014  |   Party Wall Blog,Planning   |     | ?>

Under section  2(2) of the Party Wall Act there is not stand-alone right to permanently demolish a party wall. The only right that is granted to the building owner is to demolish and rebuild. The same is not true of a boundary wall which sits on the land of one owner only.  At common law the owner of the wall may demolish their wall, subject only to planning restrictions. Demolishing a ...

Party walls and permitted development

December 07, 2010  |   Party Wall Blog,Party Wall Case Law,Planning   |     | ?>

Many party wall surveyors will be familiar with the difficulties of dealing with party walls in relation to permitted development. It is unfortunately common for planning authorities to refuse an application for a lawful development certificate where the works include the raising of a party wall on the ground that the whole of the party wall is not owned by the applicant, and therefore does not fall within the meaning of “curtilage” ...