Development of a studio built in a garden

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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by Chunga » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:34 am

The developer is a most aggressive African with no respect for the law. He has already threatened assault and writs against the council and its staff. He has been involved in two High Court cases brought by furious lenders.

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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by arborlad » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:20 am

Chunga wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:34 am
The developer is a most aggressive African with no respect for the law. He has already threatened assault and writs against the council and its staff. He has been involved in two High Court cases brought by furious lenders.


I assume his rights to be in the UK have also been investigated.
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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by span » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:55 am

arborlad wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:20 am
Chunga wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:34 am
The developer is a most aggressive African with no respect for the law. He has already threatened assault and writs against the council and its staff. He has been involved in two High Court cases brought by furious lenders.


I assume his rights to be in the UK have also been investigated.
Let's not go there, eh?

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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by Chunga » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:04 pm

The Home Office is probably more interested in the workmen that have been employed on the building site, who claim neither to speak English nor to know for whom they are working.

There have been two visitors to the studio. The Housing Association, which is the neighbour on the other side of the studio, has sent round a party-wall surveyor. This is the same person that we have been trying to use, but who never answers his phone, to us. Health & Safety has also been round. Neither bothered to check with neighbours, beforehand, and so were unable to enter the studio.

Someone from Council planning also came to check the site. The Council has a clear-cut, but recent policy that you cannot excavate a second basement under an existing basement. But the planner did not know what defines a basement, although this borough has thousands. He believes that if there is a garden at the back, or a gulley at the side, it is not a basement - even when it is way below pavement level. .

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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by arborlad » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:31 pm

Chunga wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:04 pm
- even when it is way below pavement level. .


This is something that will/should also be of interest to Highways.
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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by arborlad » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:09 am

Chunga wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:04 pm
. Health & Safety has also been round. Neither bothered to check with neighbours, beforehand, and so were unable to enter the studio.


Can you clarify, it seems to read that you could enable access for them?
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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by Chunga » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:14 am

Neighbours would be able to save inspectors a wasted journey. But both council and government departments seem to recruit people who are very ill-disposed to communication with those who ultimately pay their salaries. We are never told what they are doing and when they are going to do it.

We have now had to contact our MP again because the council does not understand the laws that parliament has passed to prevent developers returning again and again at negligible cost to themselves with the same planning proposal. The Council`s own guidelines restrict the development of out-buildings and ban the excavation of dungeons under existing basements. Yet the junior employee who finally after two years on the job came to have a look, does not know what defines a basement, despite this borough having thousands of them.

Thank you for the advice of approaching transport. No council department speaks to another.

We have asked for a quote from a builder for the repair of our wall where the Buddleia has damaged it. He has dealt with buddleias before but was shocked by the size of this one. We understand that we can seek damages for tree damage but not for water ingress, which is supposed to be something that we can protect ourselves again. People have suggested that whilst it is simple to kill a buddleia, this will not be enough to save the wall.

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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by Chunga » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:38 pm

The planners have rejected the 8th identical planning submission. So did they use the powers given by Parliament under Section 70A to thwart multiple repetitions of the same plan? Did they ban it because it would be a dungeon under a basement? Did they reject it because it would be a basement under an outhouse? Both of the latter two are explicitly banned under their 2018 strategy.

Not at all? The developer proposed new "conservancy" windows - which he claimed and the planners believed was a "material" change. Unfortunately the size which he drew is not manufactured. They checked the brochures.

We owe a huge vote of thanks to our MP, our Mayor and our ward Councillor, who between them gave this minor slum development a high profile.

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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by SwitchRich » Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:42 pm

Awesome news!
So will they make the “developer” fill in the hole that’s been dug?

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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by arborlad » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:31 am

SwitchRich wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:42 pm
Awesome news!
So will they make the “developer” fill in the hole that’s been dug?



The developer can't be trusted to carry out this work.
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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by Chunga » Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:00 am

The developer has a long record of failing to comply with orders from both councils and courts. Undoubtedly it is of vital importance that the gaping hole going well below pavement level is refilled and the walls of the studio given proper support again.

The council planners have apparently naively accepted the developer`s claim that he has only dug a test hole. Most damaging is the evidence that this falsehood has been repeated to other interested parties. They have cancelled Enforcement Orders, and apparently have planned no further action. This is despite photographic evidence that up to 40-50 tonnes of earth have been removed.

Meanwhile the developer has been caught erecting a portable tower on the pavement without permission. This follows a violation of environmental laws with skips. We understand that this could lead to criminal prosecution. We suspect that the developer is trying to correct false measurements submitted to the council in the hope that he can slip in another amendment to his planning application. After two years of repeated criticism by us, including our funding professional drawings of the studio as it now looks, the planners have at last accepted the inaccuracy of his unsigned drawings which have numerous measurement errors.

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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by SwitchRich » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:10 pm

Not sure if this has been asked in a previous posting on this thread. But have you not considered going to the local press with this?
Am sure getting some extra attention on this and highlighting the councils inaction would not apply more pressure?

If you have a bunch of photos that would help show and tell the story then I'm sure someone might be interested in taking it on? The Daily Mail perhaps?

"Rogue developer digs massive hole next to my house"...

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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by Chunga » Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:47 am

That is a good idea and even if the Daily Mail is not interested, perhaps the local paper would take it up. The Mail seems to prefer stories where pop singers and footballers are at odds, with multi-million pound mansions where one wants to dig a dungeon to house a swimming pool, gym or recording studio.

The council planners tell enquirers that there has been no development. They accept the developers blatant untruth that he has removed rubble and dug a test hole merely. They seem to be unbelievably credulous. Photographs clearly show the removal of earth. Victorian builders did not leave rubble under floor-boards - certainly not 40-50 tonnes of rubble. The "test-hole" is the start of excavation to an even deeper level, which would, if continued undermine the foundations of neighbouring properties.

Meanwhile Companies House is threatening to wind up his company which has failed to provide an annual return. The bank loan is also overdue from a bank which does not lend to developers, but appears also to have accepted the porkies about rubble and test-holes. By submitting a planning application with a false address, the developer seems to have hoodwinked the bankers. It took the intervention of the local MP, himself a lawyer, to get the planners to change this. He has used the same non-existent address to enable his partner to claim a single occupancy rebate from another council. They do not appear to bother to check, either.

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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by arborlad » Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:00 am

arborlad wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:22 am
You seem to have a deeply unpleasant and unscrupulous neighbour, presumably you have his full name and address?

Chunga wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:41 pm
You are surely not alone in thinking this way about the developer, who has assaulted another neighbour and threatened to take off the head of the planning manager at the council. He has given false addresses for himself, his company formed to develop the studio, and for the property itself in all is planning submission. This effectively hinders interested parties from accessing the plans on the council website.



Seems like a story that needs telling................
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Re: Development of a studio built in a garden

Post by Chunga » Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:27 pm

Some good news. The planner who did not understand what a basement is, in London borough, where every older building has one abruptly left. Developers, including this one, are trying to build dungeons under existing basements, for increased profit, so it was a real worry.

Companies House is chasing the developer for not submitting an annual return for the company whose only purpose, is to protect the developer from bankruptcy on this building.
our planning consultant is writing to our excellent MP to ask why Enforcement Notices have been lifted. And the neighbour, which is a Housing Association, is at last pushing for a party wall surveyor to gain access.

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