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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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  1.  
    This small triangular parcel of and has just cropped up by me at auction:
    http://www.seelandco.com/auction-property/?auctionid=3

    With planning permission for a 4 bed property granted in 2016 here:
    http://vogonline.planning-register.co.uk/PlaRecord.aspx?AppNo=2016/01306/FUL

    Google maps link here:
    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.4083857,-3.2777587,3a,75y,258.23h,94.49t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJ1eywqKHYkhdoEp4U6QZjQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    I could afford to put a bid in (50k) and then look to finance a self build (have 30k available so far) but have no idea where to start? Not an area where I'd like to live in but land is few and far between so would be primarily as a project/build to sell.

    Planning has been approved for a 4 bed detached and the foundations are already in. Could this be ideal for a Walter Segal style build? Would like to change the design to maybe even a bungalow or something modular/box like.

    Any thoughts or pointers?

    I did see something about foul/surface water not being allowed to enter teh sewer so some form of soakaway required?
  2.  
    Check (and check again) the possibility of ransom strips or wayleaves etc.

    We thought we had it all agreed and sorted and then it nearly torpedoed our entire build because permission for digging services was withdrawn at the last minute.

    Land Registry is a good place to start, but you really need to see the deeds and possibly get a solicitor's advice.

    I also spy what look to be retaining walls due to levels (?). It's annoying how right he is but Mark Brinkley (of the Self Build Bible fame) has a formula for how much level changes can increase the cost of developing a site.

    In our case we've probably spent your £30k just on holding back various edges of our land...

    Most water authorities make it a policy that surface water cannot enter the foul sewer (to prevent flash floods overwhelming the sewer). We couldn't fit a soakaway due to a combination of clay soil, tree protection zones and existing structures nearby and have thus managed to get a sewer connection approved on the basis that we attenuate the flow. What this means in practice is a massive underground attenuation chamber (yet to be built) with a regulator valve. Again, not cheap so check out your soakaway options first!
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