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Conversion of Garage into Living Accommodation.

This type of conversion is becoming more popular. This is due to space becoming more a premium and coupled with the fact that an average car will not fit into the average attached garage.
Owners are often shocked by the price of the work when embarking upon this alteration. Therefore I have produced an explanation of [...]

Change of Use – You must be joking

It seems hard to believe that a use of cleaning the paintwork of cars could be considered more detrimental to the amenities of the residents than the original use where the paint, amongst other things, is mechanically removed.

What are Structural Calculations?

Structural Calculations if well “put together” are very easy to understand and more to the point easy to check. I take a look at the principles involved

A L Ryder Ltd receives Trading Standards Approval

We are proud to announce that we have passed all the stringent checks made by the County Council’s Trading Standards Service and have been awarded the ‘Buy with Confidence’ stamp of approval, making us full members of the scheme.
The Buy with Confidence Scheme was set up by Hampshire County Council in 1999 with the aim [...]

Fire Risk Assessments – Is the system working?

What this proves, without any doubt, is the “on-going” system that controls the use of buildings in relation to fire safety is simply is not working.

Don’t Need Planning Permission – You must be joking

The issue is, that the extension or development may not require Planning Permission due to its exclusion by virtue of the GDO, but when the property is sold how can this be confirmed? Les Ryder gives you the answers to many issues that may arise in Building Control and Development Control.