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ACCOUNTS FOR BUILDERS

ADDING AN EN-SUITE

ADDING - Toilet to loft conversion

ADDING - Shower to loft conversion

ADHESIVES USED AT HOME

AIR ADMITTANCE VALVES

AIR BRICKS Insertion and maintenance

AIR LOCK

ANGLES USED IN CARPENTRY

ARCHITECTURE -BOOKS

ARCHITECTURAL MOULDINGS

ARTEX: Removing or plastering

BARN CONVERSION

BASEMENT: Using as Utility Room

BASEMENT CONVERSION

BATH REPAIRS AND RESURFACING

BATHROOM: Suite Installation

BATHROOM DESIGN BOOKS

BLOCKING WATER STAINS

BLOWING LIGHT BULBS

BOOK-KEEPING FOR BUILDERS

BOXING IN PIPES

BRAZING JOINTS

BREAKING UP CONCRETE & WALLS

BRICK & BLOCK PAVING

BRICKWORK AND MASONRY BOOKS

BUILDING A DRIVEWAY OR PATH

BUILDING COSTS                

BUILDING CONSERVATION BOOKS

BUILDING AN EXTENSION BOOKS

BUILDING A TIMBER CUPBOARD

BUILDING A SHED BASE

BUILDING REGULATIONS

CARPENTRY AND JOINERY BOOKS

CAVITIES, Lintels and Insulation

CENTRAL HEATING (Draining down)

CENTRAL HEATING: Overview

CENTRAL HEATING: Fault finding

CENTRAL HEATING: Repairs

CENTRAL HEATING: Boilers

CENTRAL HEATING: Radiators

CENTRAL HEATING BOOKS

CENTRAL HEATING THERMOSTATS

CERAMIC DISC TAPS

CERAMIC TILING Alternatives

CHALK LINE 

CHEMICAL FIXINGS

CHIMNEY CAPPING

CHOOSING A SHOWER

CLEANING GROUT WHEN HARD

CLEANING MORTAR FROM BRICKS

CLEANING PAVING AND PATIOS

CLEANING PAINT BRUSHES

CLOSING A FIREPLACE

 CLOSE BOARD FENCING

 COLD WATER SYSTEMS

 COLD WATER TANKS: Cisterns etc.

 COMBINATION BOILERS

 CONCRETING FENCE POSTS

 CONCRETING A SHED BASE

 CONCRETE EDGING STONES

 CONDENSATION: Our Guide

 CONDENSATION in doubleglazing

 CONDENSATION on toilet isterns/pipes

 CONNECTING AN ELECTRIC SHOWER

 CONSERVATORY FOUNDATIONS

 CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY BOOKS

 CONSERVATORIES (TIMBER)

 CONSERVATORIES (UPVC)

 CONSUMER UNIT

  CONVERSION OF BASEMENT

  CONVERSION OF GARAGE

 COPPER COMPRESSION JOINTS

 COVING: Transform your ceiling

 COUNTERSINKING & Pilot holes

 CREAKING: Floors & Stairs

 CUPBOARD DOOR ADJUSTMENT

 CURING AN AIR LOCK

 CUTTING ANGLES FOR MITRES

 CUTTING CERAMIC TILES

 CUTTING & SAWING TIMBER

 DAMP OR MOULD

 DAMP PROOF INJECTION   Large jobs

 DAMP PROOF INJECTION  Small jobs

 DEALING WITH HARD WATER

 DECORATIVE MOULDINGS

 DECKING BOOKS

 DECORATING BOOKS

 DEMISTING MIRRORS

 DIMMER SWITCHES

 DIY CONSERVATORIES (TIMBER)

 DIY CONSERVATORIES (UPVC)

 DIY CONVEYANCING

 DIY DAMP COURSE INJECTION

 DIY SWIMMING POOLS

 DIY WAXES

 DOUBLE GLAZING

 DOMESTIC HOT WATER SYSTEMS

 DOOR LINERS & FRAMES

 DPC INJECTION (DIY)     Large jobs

 DPC INJECTION (DIY) Repairs & small

 DRIVEWAY & PATH

 DRY ROT: Detection

 DRY ROT: Identification.

 EARTH BONDING: In Bathrooms

 EFFLORESCENCE 

 ELECTRICAL: Wiring in wall lights

 ELECTRICAL: Lights and switches

 ELECTRIC CABLES flexes & wires

 ELECTRICAL SAFETY

 ELECTRICAL RING MAIN WIRING

 ELECTRICAL Extending a ring main

 ELECTRICAL Lighting circuits

 ELECTRICAL Radial circuit wiring

 ELECTRICAL Stripping wire & cable

 ELECTRICAL. Wiring a junction box

 ENLARGING A LOFT HATCH

 ESTIMATING COSTS

 FEATHERING OUT

 FENCING. Close Board

 FILLING CRACKS AROUND THE HOUSE

 FILLING GAPS IN FLOORBOARDS

 FILLING HOLES IN PLASTERBOARD

 FIREPLACES: Opening and closing

 FIREPLACES: INSERTING NEW

 FITTING A KITCHEN

 FITTING A MORTICE LATCH

 FITTING A SUFFOLK GATE LATCH

 FIXING curtain poles & rails

 FIXING TO HOLLOW DOORS

 FIXINGS: A Complete Guide

 FIXING TO LATH & PLASTER

 FIXING TO MASONRY & CONCRETE

 FIXING TO PLASTERBOARD

 FLAT ROOFS: How to build

 FLOOR JOIST SPANS

 FLOOR SANDING

 FORCES, LEVERS, STRUTS & TIES

 FOUNDATIONS

 FORMING OPENINGS IN WALLS

 FREEZE THAW ACTION IN MASONRY

 FRENCH DRAINS & SOAKAWAYS

 FUSES: MCB's, RCD's, MCBO's etc.

 GARAGE CONVERSION

 GARAGE FLOOR COVERINGS

 GARDEN:  A Complete Makeover

 GARDEN FURNITURE

 GARDEN AND OUTDOOR LIGHTING

 GARDEN GATES. Fixing a gate latch

 GAS SAFETY: Correct Installation

 GLASS RADIATORS

 GRANITE WORKTOPS

 GRAVEL DRIVEWAY & PATH

 GREEN BUILDING BOOKS

 GROUND FLOOR SLAB

 GURGLING BASIN, shower & bath

 GUTTERING ( ALUMINIUM )

 

 

 

 

HANGING A DOOR

 HANGING CUPBOARD DOORS

 HARDENED GROUT ON TILES

 HARDWOODS & SOFTWOODS

 HIRING TOOLS 1. Floor sander hire

 HOME AUTOMATION

 HOT TUBS AND SPAS

 HOT WATER SYSTEMS

 INSTALLING AN OUTSIDE TAP

 INTERIOR DECORATION BOOKS

 INTERIOR DESIGN BOOKS

 JAMMED / STUCK WATER VALVES

 KITCHEN FITTING

 KITCHEN PLANNING

 KNOCK DOWN JOINTS

 LANDSCAPING BOOKS

 LAYING A DRIVEWAY OR PATH

 LAMINATE FLOORING

 LAYING LAMINATE FLOORING

 LAYING FLOOR BOARDS

 LAYING FLOOR TILES

 LEAKING SHOWER OR BATH

 LEVELLING FLOOR JOISTS

 LIGHT BULBS BLOWING

 LIGHTS AND SWITCHES

 LOAD BEARING WALLS

 LOFT CONVERSIONS

 MAKING SHELVES

MATCHING SAND AND CEMENT

 MATERIAL VOLUMES: calculating

 MEASURING FLOORS

 METAL USED AT HOME

 MIRRORS-DEMISTING

 MITRE JOINT. Skirting/Architrave etc

 MITERING WORKTOPS

 MIXING CONCRETE

 MIXING SAND & CEMENT

 MORTAR MIXES

 MOVING HOME

 MY HOUSE LEAKS BOOKS

 NAILS

 NOISY PIPES

 NOTCHING JOISTS: Pipes & cables

 NUTS, BOLTS, THREADED BAR

 OPENING A FIREPLACE

 PAINTING CERAMIC WALL TILES

 PAINTING EXTERNAL MASONRY

 PAINTING KITCHEN UNITS

 PAINTING NEW PLASTER

 PAINT STRIPPING

 PART P BUILDING REGULATIONS

 PARTY WALL ACT

 PATIOS BOOKS

 PAVING - BRICK & BLOCK

 PLANNING A KITCHEN

 PLANNING PERMISSION

 PLASTERBOARD FIXINGS

 PLASTERING 

 PLASTERING BOOKS

 PLUMBING: Washing/Dishwashers

 PLUMBING BOOKS

 POINTING/REPOINTING BRICKWORK

 POINTING/REPOINTING A PATIO

 POP RIVETING. using a pop rivet gun

 PORCHES BOOKS

 POWERWASHING DECKING

 PREPARING BRICKWORK for painting

 PREPARING WOODWORK painting

 PREPARING NEW PLASTER wallpaper

 PREPARING NEW PLASTER paint

 PVA ADHESIVE

 RADIATORS: Calculating size & BTU's

 RADIATORS: Glass radiators!

 REMOVING TILE TRANSFERS

 REPAIRING A BURST PIPE

 REPAIRING A DRIPPING TAP

 REPAIRING HOLES: plasterboard

 REPAIRING A MIXER TAP

 REPAIRING A SUPATAP

 REPAIRING PLASTERBOARD

 REPAIRING TIMBER JOISTS

 REPAIRING TIMBER RAFTERS

 REPAIRING LATHE & PLASTER

 REPAIRING STRUCTURAL TIMBER

 REPAIRING TIMBER splits & shakes,

 REPLACING A DAMAGED BRICK

 REPLACING A BATHROOM SUITE

 REPLACING A LIGHT FITTING

 REPLACING A TIMBER FLOOR

 REPLACEMENT WINDOWS

 REMOVING A RADIATOR

 REMOVING CORK TILES

 REMOVING POLYSTYRENE TILES

 REMOVING Vinyl tiles & lino

 REMOVING SEALANT

 RENOVATING A HOUSE BOOKS

 RISING DAMP: Treatment & cure

 ROOFING BOOKS

 ROOF TRUSSES

 ROOM THERMOSTATS

 SANDING A TIMBER FLOOR

 SASH CORD REPLACEMENT

 SCAFFOLD & SCAFFOLD TOWERS

SCRAPING PAINT FROM WINDOWS

SCREENS & PARTITIONS

SCRIBING TIMBER

SELF-BUILD

SELF-BUILD: Books

SELF-BUILD: Cost evaluation

SELF-BUILD: Design your home

SELF-BUILD: Discounted materials

SELF-BUILD: Find a mortgage

SELF-BUILD: Finding land

SELF-BUILD: Land for development

SELF-BUILD: Reclaiming vat

SETTLEMENT CRACKS in buildings

SHELVING

SOLDERED PIPE JOINTS

SOUNDPROOFING CEILINGS

SOUNDPROOFING FLOORS

SOUNDPROOFING IN THE HOME

SOUNDPROOFING partition walls

SOUNDPROOFING solid walls

STAIRBUILDING

STRIPPING PAINT

STRIPPING WALLPAPER

TECHNICAL DRAWING 

THERMOSTATS (CENTRAL HEATING)

TIMED FAN

TIMBER CONSERVATORIES

TILING OVER CERAMIC TILES

TIMBER FLOOR FINISHES

TIMBER JOINTS 1

TIMBER JOINTS 2

TIMBER JOINTS 3

TIMBER JOINTS 4

TIMBER JOINTS 5

TIMBER JOINTS:    The mitre

TOOL HIRE 1. Floor sanding equipment

TRADE ORGANISATIONS

TREATING TIMBER DECAY

TREATING TIMBER DECKING

TREATMENT WOODEN WORKTOPS

TYPES OF HINGE

TYPES OF NAIL

UNBLOCKING toilets, sinks, drains etc

UNDERFLOOR HEATING (Electric)

UNDERFLOOR HEATING (Water)

UNDERGROUND WATERPROOFING

UPVC CONSERVATORIES

UPVC WINDOWS

USING A CHALK LINE

USING COAXIAL CABLE (TV installation)

USING SOLAR ENERGY

WALLPAPER STRIPPING

WATERPROOF External Masonry

WETROOM & WALK-IN SHOWER

WOODWORM

WOODWORK PREPARATION painting

WOODWORKING PLANS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COMMENT

 

 

It is essential to provide housing at affordable prices for every person in the United Kingdom.  At present houses are kept artificially high.  For this reason life is harder for young couples starting out.  

 

Part of the reason houses are so expensive, is that the planning officers employed by town councils are not accountable to the ratepayer.  MANY ARE ON THE TAKE and in property themselves.  In addition, councillors are usually retired or well off, or perhaps do not need to work.

 

Instead of worrying about providing housing for the man in the street, they simply want to make their plot worth more.  It stands to reason.  If you had the chance to make your porperty worth more, what would you do?  Whatever the reason, councillors do not argue against some planning applications, but will argue against other identical proposals.  The opposite is also true.  Some planning applications are approved before they hit the committee room.  While other applications more in line with good planning policy, get a rough ride - delays - questions and requests for more details.

 

It really all depends on who is making the application.  If you are not on the list of friends and associates, you stand much less of a chance of obtaining planning permission.

 

 

 

THIS SITE CONTAINS MANY EXAMPLES OF COUNCIL'S UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR - With thanks to Action Groups across the country for the supply of real case history and supporting documents.  *THAT THE PUBLIC MAY KNOW*

   

 

 

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