Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation

Comment ID 520
Document Section Basement Review Draft policy and other measures for public consultation Appendix C: Requirements of the Basement Impact Assessment C3 -C10 View all on this section
Respondent Pole Structural Enginners (Sim… View all by this respondent
Response Date 06 Feb 2013
Comment

Many homeowners do not appoint party wall surveyors and many surveyors lack sufficient construction knowledge to deal with these matters. Unless more robust measures are put in place by the party wall profession, and more neighbours appoint appropriately experienced surveyors, it may be necessary for RBKC to demand particular foundation solutions such as the examples in the appendices, avoiding Special Foundations. Some engineers have commented that they do not like prescriptive designs being proposed, but until such time that the industry fully understand the party wall limitations for neighbours, with regard to Special Foundation, I consider this very necessary. This is a difficult point to communicate easily  and quickly in writing so would be pleased to discuss any issues arising.

 

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