PEOPLE who are in the middle of trying to buy a house, or make changes to it, who are worried
PEOPLE who are in the middle of trying to buy a house, or make changes to it, who are worried that the recent council office blaze could delay the process, should not be overly concerned, says a spokesman, although they may experience a slight delay.
Those with experience of buying a house will know that searches are necessary to discover additional information about a property that often isn’t obvious, such as where planning permission may be granted for a future development that would negatively impact a property in the future.
The fire damaged 85 per cent of the South Oxfordshire District Council offices in Crowmarsh Gifford on January 15, and destroyed the planning department offices.
The spokesman said, “We’re currently predicting a fortnight’s delay in deciding planning applications.”
However, on a positive note he added, “Things are nearly ‘business as usual’ here. All of our services are running, although we only have half our staff in the temporary offices at the moment so it may take us a little longer to deal with people’s enquiries than normal.
“If people have an urgent enquiry or emergency, they should get in touch - we’ll make sure anything genuinely urgent is dealt with as a priority.”
With regard to planning applications, the council advises the following,
• Submit your application online through the national planning portal website www.planningportal.gov.uk or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org;
• Make sure any attachments are in PDF format;
• Post or drop in two printed copies of the application to Planning Applications, South Oxfordshire District Council, Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3JE.