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Method Statement

When required?

To accompany applications for the conversion of a traditional building, when a Structural Survey is not identified as necessary.

What is required

A short report, which has been prepared by a builder or person of relevant competence, specifically addressing the following:

  • The condition of the building. Including identification of any structural defects.
  • Confirmation that the proposed works (new openings, removal of roof etc.) will not so weaken the structure that the walls shown to be retained will need to be taken down during construction.
  • Details of the method of construction including the measures to be taken to ensure that the building remains stable throughout the conversion works so that walls will not need to be taken down.

WARNING: a planning permission for the conversion of a building may be at risk if you commence conversion works which result in roofs and walls being taken down and rebuilt. In most cases substantial demolition will be considered to be a ‘re-build’ and not a conversion. It is therefore important that the structural integrity of the building and its capacity for conversion are established through the planning application process.