Demolition: Permission Matters
Around this time last year, three properties in the Coldharbour Conservation Area were demolished without planning permission. The result: those illegally demolished Victorian houses must be rebuilt “brick by brick”.
This was in part due to the poor explanation offered by the owners, and also because the properties themselves were considered to be “of historical interest, value and importance”, says the council. That is, after surviving heavy bombing raids during the Second World War, those homes represented something for the local people.
This is just one example of a demolition project gone awry due to a lack of proper planning permission – one which offers a pretty clear idea of the time and money it could cost you if you don’t do your research. In light of this, this month, ProDEM will be covering the importance of acquiring proper planning permission.
One of the key reasons why planning permission is important before demolition is ecological. That is, if it seems as though demolition in a particular area will cause significant damage to the ecosystem, then permission can be denied.
For example, before planning permission is granted, survey reports must be carried out to ensure that the following work does not affect the development of any protected species.
Many species of bat are protected, and can be found in a number of development sites. As such, it is vital that planning permission is sought after to ensure you don’t accidentally encroach on their roosting grounds.
Perhaps the most important reason why planning permission is fundamental to demolition projects is safety. For example, if the building in question is situated in a densely populated area, there’s a chance that residents or pedestrian traffic could be put in danger by the demolition activities.
Similarly, if the building in question has stored dangerous items, hazardous chemicals, for example, then this could cause harm to those in close proximity with the building once demolition has finished. Consequently, if you feel there is a chance that your project may compromise the safety of people in your local area, it is important that you seek out planning permission.
Another key reason why planning permission matters is historical importance. Many buildings, such as those Victorian homes demolished in London last year, are situated in conservation areas to protect them. This is because they are seen as valuable to the community for historical and emotional reasons.
In England, planning permission is always required for buildings situated in conservation areas.
In this instance, planning permission shouldn’t be seen as an obstacle or hindrance to your demolition project, but rather a measure put in place to protect buildings that are important to our heritage.
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