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  1. Speak to your local trading standards.. i found them very helpful, good advice.
  2. They weren't buying the house, they were buying the land on which the house stood, and that has more value with full planning permission. What that value is depends largely on the market. However, if you spend a lot of money getting architects drawings, a planning consultant and paying for a planning application it will have a greater value to you. They should have done what a lot of developers do and take an option on the property on the basis that they can get planning permission. If they do it's a good price to them, better than market price. If not they don't buy it. Not try and pull the wool over the executors eyes.
  3. I'm definitely a glass half empty person. I paraphrased the happiness thing. It should be "Happiness is very rare and totally overrated” and is attributed to Deborah Mitford. Teela Brown is a character who was born/genetically bred to be lucky and appears in several books by the science fiction writer Larry Niven.
  4. Not so sure it was lucky as my partner knew of the buyer and understood planning. It most certainly wasn't lucky for my Godfather. But, had the buyer been honest they may have received a better outcome. Claiming they owned the property wasn't a good move. Luck, like happiness, is overrated, unless you're Teela Brown.
  5. Getting consent to do work on your neighbours protected tree doesn't give any authority whatsoever to enter their land to do the works. But they should be consulted by the Council. You can apply fot planning permission to demolish your neighbours house and build a mansion on the site, swimming pool and all. But if you get permission you can't build it. When my Godfather died his house was sold. It was being bought by someone my partner recognised as a developer. She'd been a senior planner in that particular authority. We checked on line and they'd applied to demolish his house and put five flats on the site. They'd not said a word to the executors though, and the application form was incorrectly filled out regards ownership. Anyway, there were a few delays with the sale. Finally everything was sorted, which oddly coincided with the permission being granted. When the executors asked for more money because it was now being sold with planning permission, the buyer went apoplectic. Still paid up though. Planning permission, or TPO permission, goes with the land and whoever from time to time is the owner of the land.
  6. What Stubby says is true, well almost. I know this because the aliens came round mine. They asked 'what kind of dogs are those three that are napping quietly in front of the fire', poodles I said. Good, we'll abduct them they said. They then told me about their attempt to abduct a spaniel, it was bonkers they told me. However, they had a different take on what happened at Stubby's. They said, and I believe them, that when they entered Stubby's house one of them idly kicked the spaniels most favroutist tennis ball that was lying on the floor down the hall. At this point the spaniel went bonkers. It started running around at million miles an hour with its ears flapping and its tongue lolling out. Round and round it went, through their legs, all eight of them, backwards and forwards, expecting them to play with it. The aliens became confused and disorientated. Panicking they fled followed by the spaniel which by now had picked up its ball and wanted it thrown. After telling me this they made a grab for the poodles, nobody seemed to have told them to let sleeping dogs lie. Anyway, having more sense than any spaniel that's ever walked this earth, and realising the danger the world was in, they set about the aliens. In the melee my stove glass got broken. The aliens fled vowing never to return and to keep goldfish for pets from now on. You knows its true because they never did return. Have you seen an alien.
  7. Only the person who applied, or an agent acting for them can appeal. Would be interesting if the neighbour or the insurance company applied, were refused, appealed and allowed. What would the tree owner do then.
  8. The house will be owned by someone. To find out who, go to the Land Registry and get a copy of the deeds. You can write to the owner asking them to remove the tree. If you can evidence your request all the better. But they don't have to no matter how dangerous the tree. You have no legal right to enter onto the land and do the work yourself, or commission someone else to do it, no matter how dangerous the tree. You can use the LGMPA to request the Council take action, but they don't have to no matter how dangerous the tree.
  9. Minature poodle sized pooches. At the time there were three, just the two now. On the EdwardC scale of pooch poo odour in a warm office, which for what it's worth is enshrined in EN50098.01 'An odour scale for pooch poo comparison in a warm office', which remains valid, at least untill 31 October, 3 minature poodle poos = 0.99 mastiff pooh. Size doesn't always matter.
  10. One morning I took the pooches for their constitutional. I collected, and carefully bagged, their offerings before popping the bag in my pocket and contining. When I got home I was running a bit late, quick shower, breakfast, feed the pooches. As I was going to be out on site most of the day I grabbed my waterproof coat which I had worn whilst out with the dogs. I called in the office to get some stuff and a pool car. It was nice and warm in the office and after a short while a couple of colleagues started to mention a strange smell. Apparently after I'd put my coat on and left the smell disapeared. I stopped in a layby on Shap and put the bag in a bin.
  11. They've been making it up for the last 2000 years.
  12. The one with the bridge looks like Ladybower.
  13. As an aside, I'm working on a couple of regional infrastructure projects. The landscape architects are really good, but they have experience of working with arbs, as well as the engineer's, and are really on the case. It can work if you want it to, or more importantly the client wants it to. Back to managing expectations.

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