It is then found that a party wall is severed vertically between the houses in the middle of the wall, but with the benefit of a relief from the support of the other part of the wall. For example, while you would be up to half the thickness of the wall, you could not demolish your home and simply leave half the thickness of the party wall. Apart from a construction problem, the adjacent neighbour would claim a right of support for the entire wall. The planning inspector, who was a lawyer, objected, especially since the APA also recognized that the term “curtilage” did not have a legal definition. The inspector felt that the building could not operate on a half-wall, so the curtilage had to contain the full thickness of the wall. This actually meant that, while the property was vertically separated, the curtilage had to overlap for each apartment, so he admitted the complaint and gave the complainant a legal certificate. An agreement with your neighbour under the law does not exempt the possible need for a building permit or building permit. They are legally obliged to communicate to all shoreline owners the proposed works, which structurally concern the party wall, or excavations near the wall. If you start working without notice, the adjacent owner can appeal to the court.
They must not cause unnecessary inconvenience and must compensate for damage to buildings and property. For those of you who are designers, as well as party surveyors, you will know the problems of raising a party wall under section 2 of the party wall, etc. Act 1996 and how it is handled by the planning officers of the various local authorities. As a general rule, local authorities inform you of their decision within 8 weeks. Links to city council planning websites to track progress are: Wandsworth Borough Council – www.wandsworth.gov.uk Hammersmith – Fulham Council – www.lbhf.gov.uk London Borough of Richmond – www.richmond.gov.uk Lambeth Council – www.lambeth.gov.uk The general consistency is that entire party walls are curtiling and beyond planning control. As far as the understanding of the right to accommodation is concerned, it unfortunately does not define what a limit is or, above all, what a curtilage is, the language it uses. This was tested in October 2000 as part of a plan-making procedure at the London Borough of Enfield. The applicant applied for a legitimate development certificate for a transformation into a built loft, including an increase in the total width of the party wall.