Monday 24 November 2014 5.20pm
Hi all, first time poster here. I'm hoping you can help us. My partner and I bought a flat in Southwark about 3-4 months ago, which needed a lot of work doing to it. We've got a lot of it done now (painting and new floor, yay!) but still need to refit the kitchen and bathroom.
We sent a letter requesting permission to Southwark Council
at the start of September, and have heard absolutely nothing back. We're aware there's a backlog but didn't realise it was this bad. What's worse, we sent the letter to 376 Walworth Road
(as a PDF on the website instructed us to), but I've just got off the phone with someone at the council who said we need to send it to 153-159 Abbeyfield Road! So our letter may have not ended up where it needs to go!
All we're trying to do is replace like-for-like (new kitchen cabinets and appliances, new bathroom suite), but because the fixtures are the property of the Freeholder (the Council), we're forbidden from replacing them without permission by our lease. We've arranged for a builder to come in December, anticipating that it couldn't possibly take three whole months for them to review such a basic permission request (how naive we were)!
So, what can we do? Is there anyone we can talk to at the Council to see if our request has even ended up at the right place, or been seen? Is it possible to go ahead with the works and get retrospective permission given their enormous backlog? Or do we just have to cancel the works, wait for permission from the council and then hope our builder can fit us in soon after then?
Any help anyone can provide would be very much appreciated, we're at the end of our tether here!