Senior Quantity Surveyor

Title - Senior Quantity SurveyorLocation - Southwest LondonCompetitive salary package CompanyClaremont is a soundly based contractor who has justifiably gained a first class reputation for being a reliable, conscientious contractor, who provides both service and workmanship to a very high standard.Claremont was formed in 1986 and is essentially a traditional contractor who carries out works mainly in London and the Home Counties. We operate from our own freehold property and are able Read more [...]

DC Casebook: Listed buildings – Pool buildings held to damage setting

Planning, 12 November 2010 An inspector has upheld an enforcement notice against two outbuildings on a swimming pool deck at a listed house in Warwickshire, finding that they harm its setting. The building was a substantial arts and crafts house dating from 1903 designed by a noted architect. The outbuildings were on a lower terrace and provided sitting and dining accommodation, with a kitchen in one building overlooking the pool and a changing area in the other. Read more [...]

Development Control Officer

One of London’s most diverse Borough Councils urgently require a Development Control Officer. You will play a pivotal processing a caseload of minor to major applications encompassing residential, commercial, change of use and listed buildings. Additional duties also include preparation of Committee reports, coordinating appeals and duty planning. Successful candidates will have acquired practical experience working as a Development Control Officer with a UK planning authority.

Jersey minister calls for simpler planning process

18 November 2010 Last updated at 06:10 ET Senator Cohen wants the planning process to be made simpler Homeowners in Jersey may not need planning permission for certain changes to their properties in the future. The planning minister said he wants to leave it up to the home or business owner to improve, renovate and extend their buildings. He wants to reduce government interference Read more [...]

Fears for heritage buildings

OWNERS of several heritage-listed buildings around Wollondilly are concerned that planned longwall mining could irreparably damage them.Three buildings threatened by Illawarra Coal's mining plans are St Mary's Towers in Douglas Park, St James's Church in Menangle and Gilbulla, the former residence of John Macarthur's grandson, also in Menangle.Illawarra Coal's 30-year mining plan covering large sections of Douglas Park and Menangle has caused these concerns.Representatives of all three heritage-listed Read more [...]

“Amazing” new-look Melton Carnegie Museum opens doors following £1 million …

When it comes to Britain’s rural heritage, there are few areas as steeped in tradition as Melton Mowbray.The Leicestershire town is full of buildings pointing to its rich Iron and Bronze Age past, including dozens of scheduled ancient monuments, sites of special scientific interest, deserted villages and hundreds of listed buildings.Battles raged in the town during the Civil War of the 16th century, and the surrounding landscape is synonymous with fox hunting, having been frequently daubed in Read more [...]

Permanent flood defences approved for Upton-upon-Severn

18 November 2010 Last updated at 13:17 ET The town was badly affected by the flooding in the county in 2007 Permanent flood defences are to be built in a Worcestershire town badly hit by flooding in 2007. The proposals for Upton-upon-Severn are estimated to cost £4.5m and were approved by Malvern District Council. Residents are split over whether the design will preserve Read more [...]

Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Inspired Home

November 18, 2010 by OPPE News  With the new, eagerly awaited Harry Potter film set to hit cinemas this Friday, the gothic splendour of Hogwarts Castle, will be dominating our screens once again. The magnificent castle, its façade decorated with towers, turrets and spires, is one such architectural gem that provides a fine example of Gothic style, and will surely leave many viewers looking for their own Hogwarts inspired home. The distinctive Grade II Listed Read more [...]