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RE: Water Demand of Cotoneaster

Subject: RE: Water Demand of Cotoneaster
From: will ross
Date: Sep 08 2017 10:56:33
I have been involved on another development where the ground workers were 
literally working out final foundation depths on site using the NHBC app and 
they were at the max depth of 2.5, then the construction of block and beam 
floors were very questionable resulting in investigation works and major 
remedial works. Then to add to it no one had really planned ahead re tree 
related constraints so this is when we became involved, the additional costs 
so far have been astronomical and they are still discovering further problems 
in earlier work on the same site. This appears to be a result of reactive 
rather than proactive planning and lack of consultation with arbs , one 
example being not referring to the Arb or up to date dwgs which nearly cost 
an additional 100k and was only prevented a day before work was commenced , 
but hey when will they learn.
This has happened yet again on another site where they decided the house size 
rather than what fits as they appear to normally pre-emptive fell but in this 
case an area TPO had been served due to other developers doing the same 
thing, at times it makes you think why bother !!!!!

Mildly despondent Will on a wet Friday

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info 
[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Jim Quaife
Sent: 08 September 2017 11:21
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Water Demand of Cotoneaster

The financial arrangements for development are very complex and not for the 
faint-hearted.  The costs of planning applications have rocketed and the 
pay-off is usually not until the property is actually sold.  The average 
lead-in time (assuming that the initial scheme is built and there is no 
appeal) is three years.
For every developer peering through the windscreen of a Bentley there are 
many who are of modest means, and many more broken bodies in the gutter.
We are fortunate enough to deal with developers from the top-end to those who 
are having their "first go".  I am not an apologist for developers but one 
has some sympathy with them and the notion of increasing build costs on the 
basis of something which might never happen is just unrealistic.  It is 
expensive enough satisfying all the regulations.
Jim

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info 
[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Kevin Slezacek
Sent: 08 September 2017 10:58
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Water Demand of Cotoneaster

This may be the case but when house prices are currently around 3 x build 
costs it makes you wonder whether there is scope to improve build whilst 
reducing profit margins slightly! Of course land prices and planning costs 
continue to go up as well so in the overall life of a development I guess the 
profit margins are brought down, this is where the viability comes into play 
that has been discussed recently. 

Kind regards,

Kevin Slezacek



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