The services Arcline Architecture provides extends far beyond simple drawings and design, once the build has begun, Arcline Architecture can ensure that the builders accurately follow the drawings while also assessing the quality of the builder’s workmanship. Using Arcline Architecture guarantees a well-designed project from its inception to completion and can also help add value to your property, whereas an ill-advised and badly designed project can add unnecessary expense.
The scope of the Act is limited to the following sections:
SECTION 1 of the Act applies when the proposed works are to erect a new party wall which has not already been built on. There are two types of the party wall.
Where the party wall stands astride the boundary of land belonging to two or more owners, such as a wall of a building, a wall separating two buildings, or a party fence wall between two separate plots.
Party wall type B
When a party wall stands fully on one owner’s land but is used by two, or more owners. An example of this is when ‘Owner A’ builds a wall, to begin with, and then ‘Owner B’ has built their building against it without constructing their own wall.
SECTION 2 applies when the proposed construction project involves various sorts of works to an existing party structure. This part of the Act is most commonly used to:
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 provides homeowners with a guide for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavating near adjacent properties
repair a party wall, floor or partition that separates buildings or parts of buildings
underpin an existing party wall, to prevent settlement
raise the height of a party wall, for example adding another storey
to extend a party wall downwards, for example, to create a basement
to cut into a party wall or cut off projections from a party wall, for example when removing a chimney breast
SECTION 6 applies to the excavations or the construction of new foundations for a new building within either 3 metres of a neighbouring owners building or structure, or within 6 metres of a neighbouring building or structure, where any part of that work will meet a line drawn at 45 degrees from the bottom of the neighbouring foundations.
Prior to commencing any construction work as described within these sections, the homeowner must give adjoining owners notice of these works. The party structure notice, relating to Section 2 must be served at least two months before the commencement date, while notices for Sections 1 and 6 must be served at least one month before the works are due to start.
There is no standard form of notice, although it is advisable to use the notices published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
A guide further explaining how the Party Wall etc. Act may affect someone who either wishes to carry out work covered by the Act or received notification under the Act can be found at the following link: Party Wall etc. Act 1996 - Explanatory Booklet
Under their general terms of service, Arcline Architecture would advise on where the Party Wall Act applies and assist the client with the appointment of a Party Wall surveyor to advise on the next steps.
Arcline Architecture has worked closely with several party wall surveyors within High Wycombe, Aylesbury, and Beaconsfield, etc. and has a great deal of experience dealing with the Act.
Arcline Architecture would typically recommend a 'full plans'approach as this requires that full details, including drawings and specifications of the proposed building
Using your Permitted Development Rights as a homeowner you can carry out certain types of building work, such as extensions, loft conversions and construction of outbuildings without the need to apply for planning permission.
Guides on what works can be performed can be found on the government.
Arcline Architecture would advise on the most suitable option in gaining consent; whether it be through a planning application or the permitted development route.
If your proposed scheme is eligible under your Permitted Development Rights we would always recommend obtaining a Lawful Development Certificate from your local council.
This certificate gives you peace of mind as it confirms that the works carried are lawful under planning control and that they meet the permitted development limitations and conditions.
Your Permitted Development Rights enable you as a homeowner to convert and extend your loft, although what is permitted is subject to the following limits and conditions: