Out and About in October…

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The summer is officially over and now autumn is upon us the visitors to the County have mostly returned home. Here at RTP the team were still busy as ever during October.

Andrew Miller has been working on a variety of projects including overseeing the construction of a new garage with integral greenhouse within the grounds of a Grade II Listed property, which follows on from having obtained the necessary permissions earlier in the year along with the preparation of a specification for the works. Andrew has also been overseeing a substantial phase of redecorations to a harbour village in Falmouth whilst working with engineers and specialists in respect of flood defence measures in St Ives. The submission and progression of Planning and Listed Building Applications has kept Andrew busy alongside interesting defects inspections and some new instructions.

Nathan Dean Carried out a pre-purchase survey of property in North Cornwall and armed the clients with budget costing information in regards to several defects which assisted them to negotiate down from £1.2m asking price to £1.1m. He has been assisting our Bodmin graduate surveyor, Harriet, with completing her APC (Assessment of Professional Competence), as well as the task of surveying local disused public toilets with a view for conversion into a small flat.

John Darbyshire has continued to oversee the completion of Phase I of the new Holiday Lodge build project at the Budock Vean Hotel, just in time for the arrival of the first holiday guests. A big last effort was required by all involved but everything was done in time and the properties looked fantastic with the furniture and finishing touches in place (see photo above). The next task is to prepare for Phase II.

Alistair Strachan has been designing an extension for a Listed property in Falmouth. The owner wishes to rebuild the rear kitchen extension to provide a bigger kitchen and a new dining space. He plans to use the project as the focus for his APC qualification. As well as this, he has been working on plans to convert an old cob barn into living accommodation on a farm near Helston.

Grenville Tresidder has teamed up with Andrew Miller for a project in Penzance to remove a Planning Condition to separate a Grade II Listed building from the recently refurbished barn following a fire in 2012, and more recently flood damage. We are working closely with the English Heritage and the Cornwall Council Conservation Officer to achieve this. Grenville and Andrew are also working together on a project in Truro which is similarly is a Grade II Listed Building that is to be converted from office space into residential accommodation. They anticipate that sound proofing will be one of the major issues to address for this scheme.

Richard Collett was pleased to successfully complete an ongoing project in Redruth for the construction of three offices. He has prepared sketch designs and submitted a PREAPP enquiry to Cornwall Council Planning Department in respect of the erection of nine two-bed flats in Camborne, as well as attending an RICS APC Supervisor course in Bristol and the quarterly Cornwall 100 Panel Meeting, of which he is a member. He was pleased to receive confirmation for various new instructions for exciting new projects, one of which being an extension to a pub. For Richard the most challenging part of October was being the RTP representative at the Falmouth Beer Festival. It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it.

Lastly, we are pleased to announce that following new permitted development legislation that came into being in March of this year in respect of the conversion of redundant farm buildings into dwellings (up to three dwellings can be incorporated up to a total floor area of 450 m2), during October Richard Thomas secured our first permission through the prior approval process for the conversion of three redundant barns into residential accommodation.

A permitted development allowance also now exists in respect of the conversion of vacant shop units into residential accommodation. Again there is a prior approval process and various matters need to be satisfied. We are able to provide advice on both of these processes, and if you would like to discuss them further please contact Richard Thomas on 01326 318599 who would be happy to help.