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  1. Just a wee anecdote for you BVI. I built a large factory back in the late 90's and Pattons were the main contractor. They had a dedicated guy on site who tidied up and did general errands ( to be PC he wasnt the cleverest guy in the world). We had site meetings every Friday lunchtime and suprisingly after each one this guy would find a twenty pound note scrumpled up in the gutter on the access road. Turns out Davy was leaving them there for him to make sure he was doing his job and as thank you. As yu say - True gent.
  2. Sorry VI I in turn I disagree. Occupation has no relevance in planning law. I have dealt with several cases were people have built houses or put up mobile homes without PP and tried to face the planners down. They are always faced with proving how the dwelling complied with the incumbent PPS at that time.
  3. For me this situation is the epitomy of the tragedy that is occuring in our construction industry. I have worked with Pattons since the 80's and they were easily the most assured, accommodating and professional construction firm I have employed and that includes huge multi nationals throughout the world. What I dont understand is how their business model did not provide a sufficient firewall between their development and construction arms.
  4. There is no such "rule". If the house is not as per approved plans it is deemed to be in "non compliance" - end of. You have to apply for PP and the planners are not bound to approve it. If you are dead set on buying the property the normal way around this is for the vendors solicitor to put an insurance policy in place against the value of the non compliant works at the vendors expense.
  5. As an architect I can give you a wee bit of advice from that perspective - I obviously cant comment on whether sites are at their bottom value yet or not - can anyone? First thing - dont just look at sites with Outline Planning permission for a house. There are plenty of sites out there with full planning permission with designs fully prepared - but you can always re-apply for PP for "Change of house type". This will let you have a house designed to your requirments AND will give you another 5 years (sometimes just 3) from approval until you have to start construction. This is what all the ba
  6. It would be very informative to see Planning Service's data on applications processed in the past 5 years. One thing I am surprised at is how quickly central government moved to re-allocate planning staff in view of the reduction of aplications. A certain senior plnning officer for a very large South Antrim Planning area complained to me last year how his staff had been cut from 15 to 2 planning officers in 2008. Oh the horror. nd as a consequence they would not be conducting site visits - so build what you want people. Nuclear power station on Slemish anyone??
  7. I think one of the most interesting indicators of the populace's overall state of mind is the trend in planning applcations being lodged. Its a clear indication of how people see their future be they an individual or organisation. I've noticed that since this mess started not only have the overall number of applications dropped dramatically but there has been "trending" in the type of applications lodged. At the start of the crash there was a general rush of housing related applications as (I think) people tried a last deperate attempt to secure land value. Then for a year or so there was
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