I went to see this one. Lots of potential to do up and extend to the side. It is on a decent piece of land i.e. there is garden to the front, side and back. However, MASSIVE flaw; no parking and no where near to park your car. It is just past a busy junction so despite having space at the front and side for three cars, the footpath isn’t lowered. The house right next door has though. A pity!
Does the fact that the footpath isn’t lowered outside preclude you from ever putting in a driveway? There’s loads of room in the front and, as you say, the neighbours to to the right all have them. Could you pay to have it lowered yourself?
The house is worth bugger all without somewhere to park. You’d think any sale would have to be contingent on getting PP for a driveway.
On the flip side I’ve always liked the unusual look of those houses. The red brick/roofs is different.
Well I have no prior experience with planning applications but at a guess I would say that you wouldn’t get planning to lower it.
I am only concluding this because the house is close to a busy junction, the footpath hasn’t been lowered by the previous owner and the house price is falling … because other people have come to the same conclusion and family homes need parking. It is really the only reason I wasn’t interested in the property myself. It isn’t perfect by any means but this is a big negative.
The bus stop is further up so it wouldn’t be an issue.
I’m told you can get the path dropped in these circumstances if you pay for it yourself, so this isn’t an problem. I guess it really is a question as to if there’s a reason the PO didn’t do this other than funds/apathy… eg a failed application.
The EA should really find out because uncertainty regarding permission is clearly enough to put some people off. However I would have thought a call to the council would get you a quick answer if you were really interested.