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The walls appear to be of 225mm solid brick to the original house. The single storey timber frame lean to appears to be of 80mm thick. The rear extension appears to number 16 appears to be 275mm thick cavity construction. The walls of the rear extension on number 15 appear to be of 225mm solid brick. The walls of the rear extension on number 14 appear to by 225mm solid brick and 100mm solid brick. The single storey outrigger appears to be of 225mm thick solid brick.
There is an alteration to the wall where there used to be window and this work should have had Building Regulation approval. It appears that at the time of listing the work had already been carried out as it is mentioned in the listing. However, the need for Building regulations existed before this date and it may therefore of been required. Alterations require Building Regulation approval to ensure that the work is carried out correctly. No serious movement or significant defects were apparent due to this alteration at the time of our inspection. Your legal advisor should however check for any documentation. Without documentation, there is an elevated risk that latent defects could occur. If problems do occur in the future, you should have some bricks removed for a structural engineer to inspect the inner fabric of the wall. We do however believe that the risk of problems developing is relatively low.
The conversion from three houses to one shop would have required Building Regulation approval and Planning Permissions from the local council. Your legal advisors should confirm that the necessary documentation is in place or other type of insurance policy, for the alterations, to cover you against latent defects occurring that were not visible at the time of our inspection. Given the age of the property you may find this paperwork is not available or was never obtained.
The building has been subjected to many alterations including the removal of much of the front walls at ground level to create shop fronts. Without Building Regulation approval and sign off we cannot confirm that the works have been carried out correctly as much of the structural elements are hidden from view. We did not notice any significant defects on the front elevation. However, given the amount of wall that has been removed we would recommend that a structural engineer inspects the works and calculates that the beams are sufficient to hold the weight bearing from above.
We should also make you aware that there appears to be a flying freehold in respect of the flooring shop next door. There property extends over the hallway to the flat entrance of number 16. Your legal advisors should ensure that the necessary documentation is in place.
It appears rear additions have been added after the original date of construction. The two storey rear addition at the back of numbers 14 and 15 appear Victorian and the rear addition at the back of number 16 appears circa 1950’s. The single storey timber frame lean-to appears 1960’s and the single storey outrigger at the back of number 14 appears Victorian. However, the absence of any drawings or paperwork means these are estimations based on the construction methods that were generally used at the time for example solid and cavity walls.
Therefore, the two storey outrigger at the back of number 16 and single storey timber lean-to at the back of number 15 would have required Building Regulation approval and Planning Permission. In addition, this work would have required Listed Building consent if the work was carried out after the listing in 1967. Your legal advisors should make enquires as to the dates when the extension were added and should confirm that the necessary documentation is in place. Your legal advisors should also confirm that there is another type of insurance policy, for the alterations, to cover you against latent defects occurring that were not visible at the time of our inspection.
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