Council Rip Off - Alterations to Ex-Council House
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We own an ex-council house and need the council's permission to carry out alterations that affect the appearance of the house/fence etc. Apparently all Right to Buy transfers contain a restrictive covenant that is binding on subsequent owners (like us). West Berkshire Council are seeking a payment of £1000 plus £500 fees to permit us to carry out a basic loft conversion that we desperately need. With a loan we are hoping to scrape together enough money for the conversion, and really don't want to have to get an even bigger loan to pay the council a completely disproportionate fee and premium (in addition to the costs of any planning permission and building regulations approval). I see that Harlow Council charge 1% of the cost of works, which is obviously much less, so presumably the council just pick a figure from the air. I would have thought that if banks have to charge fair prices now, councils should too. I would be hugely grateful for any suggestions for avoiding or limiting the costs. Many thanks
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