So, just when you think its all systems go, the council chuck a few more hoops out there !
The application for the building warrant was submitted just before the end of September (before the planning was granted – but just in time before the regulations changed!)
In response, The Highland Council Building Standards have sent me a list of queries for my bed time reading :
Most of the 15 issues are in hand. The one issue that needs another specialist’s input is the need for consent from SEPA to discharge. In a nutshell SEPA need to know whether the area/soil is suitable for a soak-away from the water treatment plant. So I spoke to a very nice chap in Glasgow who can assess the area, perform a percolation test if necessary or recommend an alternative solution for this treated water’s disposal.
One thing this did highlight to me is that if my land was not near a river or a Loch and the soil was not suitable for a soak-away then Building Standards would not issue the building warrant.
No warrant – No Build!
So a word or warning to any one looking to buy land in a rural location to build a home on, before making any offer then you need to ascertain that the local environment agency will permit you to discharge your treated water somewhere. I have to confess, I did not consider this, I knew I had building permission but that did not give me the right to start the build.
The other little gem of a query they raised was the kw output of the log burner, if its greater than 5kw, then a permanent vent is required which will result in a draft ! So tomorrow I will ask the company supplying the MVHR system (mechanical ventilation heat recovery) if this will affect the way that works.
On a lighter note, I found some fabulous reindeer skins at the market today. Just a taste of how the interior will be furnished in the winter months