Following on from these messages, we are in a fairly similar situation and wanting to apply for retrospective approval from the council for replacement of a rubbish kitchen and bathroom (like for like positioning), has anyone had this approval before? Do the council come over and inspect?
In addition I want to remove the wall in-between the kitchen / living / staircase area.
Council policy is that no structural load bearing walls can be removed. I need to confirm if the wall is actually load bearing with an engineer, but the joist are running perpendicular to the wall which suggests it is (or so my builder thinks). However there is also a door within the wall so not sure what that means?
My builder thinks the council are confusing load bearing wall in relation to the wider block with load bearing within my actual personal unit. Obviously the wall is bearing a load, the joists from the floor above, but most likely is not a load bearing wall for the structure of the block.
The builder has recommended steel beam etc once the engineer has made calculations etc.
I have seen other almost identical properties within similar blocks within Southwark council that have had the same alterations made to them and have had consent approved (retrospectively) with building control approvals.
Perhaps more info will be in the lease from the freeholder?