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Jun 08

The right to light?

Posted by CarlHood in Cd Hood , Cambridge commercial builders , Burwell house refurbishment , Building land Cambridge

Commercial builders CD Hood Ltd have lots of experience e of extending, renovating and developing properties in and around Cambridgeshire. If you are extending a property close to a neighbour, and are worried that what you want to build might significantly reduce the light that reaches their plot of land and or passes through their windows, you may be infringing their right to light. 

If what you want to build does indeed infringe there right to light it could give them the right to seek an injunction to have your proposed development reduced in size or in some cases people seek a take a payment to compensate for the reduction of light. Indeed if the loss of light is small and can be adequately compensated for financially, the court may award compensation instead of an injunction.

But it is much better to make sure that you have taken into consideration your neighbour’s right to light in the planning process.  In England and Wales, a right to light is usually acquired by what is called prescription meaning the light has to have been enjoyed for an uninterrupted period of 20 years through the windows of the building. But once acquired, the right to light extends only to a certain amount of light such as is suitable for the continuous use and enjoyment of the building, and is not a right to all the light that was once enjoyed.

So this means that the right to light can be reduced by development so you shouldn’t  assume that any reduction in light to your neighbour’s property gives grounds for them to prevent your development it’s just important to calculate that if there will be any loss of light, if so, how much.

Jan 23

Smaller builders need to be helped to tackle housing crisis

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders , Building land Cambridge , Builders London

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know that the housing crisis simply needs more properties built to help ease the pressure. But many barriers, including finance, planning and red tape are still preventing smaller building firms from playing a bigger part in helping alleviate the UK housing crisis.

According to a recent report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) the number of SME builders has reduced but I fit could just get back to the number of smaller companies that were operating in 2007 the industry could produce an additional 25,000 homes a year. But even as banks have increased lending to SMEs overall, the report reveals that the situation has improved little since the recovery from the 2008 financial crash. ‘Whilst housing output has increased significantly in recent years, the vast majority of the increases have come from larger companies. The number of smaller builders has collapsed over recent decades with few new entrants to the market able to grow to any size,’ said Stewart Baseley, HBF executive chairman.

Their report suggests the Government could help more by the creation of a new Help to Build scheme to help extend sustainable lending to smaller companies and lifting barriers for builders to access tax incentives and other support enjoyed by SMEs on other industries. It could also address specific planning problems that disproportionately affect the business environment for SMEs. If you are looking to develop a site for a new build CD Hood Ltd are here to help.

Nov 29

Aspiring home owners

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Builders Cambridge , Building land Cambridge , Builders London , Bathroom builders Cambridge

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know that new homes are vital to help alleviate the housing crisis in the UK. It is good to see that the Chancellors autumn statement promises the  sum of £7.2bn to support the construction of new homes, including spending by housing associations. And that a new £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund will be established for up to 100,000 new homes in high-demand areas alongside the Help to Buy "equity loan" scheme and the Help to Buy Isa remaining in force.


But another idea is also taking hold is to look to buy an existing property on a patch of land that can be knocked down and developed with a building twice the original size to add value and space to a new build. Searchfield Homes conducted some research recently and came up with these top five tips for this kind of project:

1. Find a plot with an older house that isn't restricted by listed buildings and conservation areas - 1930s houses are ideal because of their large gardens and comparatively lower prices per square foot

2. Hire a surveyor to value the price per square foot of your proposed house

3. Calculate the minimum size required for the house to be worth more than the build cost

4. Discuss your proposals with the local planning authority and a planning consultant before purchasing a plot

5. Put in a planning application for the biggest house that you can afford and that the local authority will permit
Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd can help you look at any new build, extension or renovation project to see how to maximise your returns as well as adding to the housing stock available.

Oct 10

Making over the kitchen

Posted by CarlHood in kitchen make over Cambridge , kitchen fitters Cambridge , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Building land Cambridge

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders find that whether you are building a new house, renovating or extending and older house the kitchen is always key to living space. Linking living areas together is really important to the experience of living in a house.

If you have a home that is open plan or you are extending or reconfiguring it to be more open plan think about the kitchen in conjunctions with living and dining spaces. You might also want to hive off some space to stop the clutter of a kitchen invading, maybe you could steal some space to create a larder or a utility or boot room.  If you go open plan for much of the house it can still be good to think about creating a snug, so there is some space to escape to.

When you are working on your kitchen don’t forget to consider the connection with the garden. The kitchen is often the place to create a good indoor to outdoor link and during the summer months it is a great way to make a space feel even more spacious. If you use lots of glazing along the walls to create visual connections between your kitchen and garden it can feel pretty spacious through the winter too.

Once you have a good idea of what space the kitchen will occupy in the home think again about how the space works in conjunction with the rest of the house. It can be a good idea to  use a foundation colour across the home and have a consistent palette throughout.


Jul 27

Waste Wood Recycling

Posted by CarlHood in Commercial builders Cambridge , Cambridge home builders , Cambridge drain repairs , Building land Cambridge , Builders London

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd see that waste wood recycling is something to be taken seriously in the future. It is estimated that the UK generates around 4.5 million tonnes of waste wood a year, almost 2.8 million tonnes is recycled but this amount is expected to increase as the number of wood recycling companies grow.


According to a study by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the largest sources of waste wood come from three areas: Municipal waste, Industrial and commercial waste and Construction and demolition waste. Construction waste is usually made up of surplus structural timber unable to be used, wood packaging for construction materials, torn down structural wood or unwanted furniture from the demolition industry.

Despite efforts to recycle wood effectively, there is still a significant amount that ends up landfills which is expensive and not environmentally sustainable. The demand for timber across shows few signs of slowing down and has led to a number of environmental concerns meaning if more waste wood was recycled some environmental problems might be helped.

The range of uses for recycled wood has expanded to include landscaping products, equine surfaces and animal and poultry bedding. Technology has led to greater efficiency in the recycling process. Modern machinery can cope with greater quantities of waste wood and the automation and improvement in quality of the process to remove contaminants such and nails and screws from waste wood means a higher quality of recycled wood can be produced. CD Hood Ltd are always open to new ideas to help your new build or renovation project be as sustainable as possible. Source: WRAP


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