We were appointed to act for a client who identified a property in Letchworth suitable for their funeral business.
The initial enquiry was from the client’s solicitors who needed to identify an experienced RICS qualified building surveyor to take the project forward. Before the purchase of the property, the team carried out a detailed building survey and although the building was generally sound, this identified a number of significant essential repairs, including leakage through roof lights and aspects of poor quality refurbishment work.
On the basis of the report findings, the client was able to negotiate a £75,000 reduction in the purchase price in lieu of the repair work necessary.
Along with the purchase process, the client instructed Robinson & Hall to prepare a design and obtain planning permission for change of use from car showroom to funeral parlour. The Building Surveying team measured the building and prepared plans, whilst the Planning department submitted a planning application for this special use under a sui generis planning class. North Hertfordshire District Council has now granted permission, much to the delight of our client who has praised Robinson & Hall’s Assistant Planner, Alice Lawman, for her dedicated work ethic in securing the change of use.
The work is now proceeding with detailed design and project management by the Architecture & Building department under the direction of Chartered Building Surveyor, Stuart Brown.
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