Posted 03 November 2011 - 04:47 PM
All advice greatly appreciated
Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:40 PM
I worked in scaffolding for a few months and without a doubt the most challenging jobs involved overhangs, bridging or underhangs, be very careful, one dropped double can cause a lot of damage.
Also the scaffolders were very aware of any potential hazards below but sometimes when we went back to drop a job it was amazing how many times other trades decided to move scaffolding to suit them, even removing wall anchor!
Posted 04 November 2011 - 08:31 PM
You wouldn't need permission if the scaffolding was needed to repair your house (as this is covered by the Access To Neighbouring Land Act 1992) but you have no automatic right to errect scaffolding if it's for an extension or new build (even if you got planning permission that assumed the scaffolding would be needed).
I reckon chances of dropping something through the concervatory roof has to be high. Make sure your site insurance or that of the scaffolding company will cover it.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 08:36 PM
Elsewhere I've read that tresspass also applies to things overhanging boundaries such as guttering and therefore presumably scaffolding.
Edited by temp, 04 November 2011 - 08:41 PM.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 09:33 PM
There are rulings that provide some limits on this, but the general observed rule is the "500 ft rule" that restricts aerial vehicles of any sort from coming close than 500 feet from any building or structure. This is, as far as I know, the only limit to how far "up" above your land you have any control, although there are limits on how high a structure you can erect, and the need for fitting things like anti-coll lights in certain areas.
Anyway, the practical point here is that a landowner has the absolute right to prevent anything from overhanging their land, up to a fairly great height. This includes scaffolding or any other object, plant, tree, gutter or whatever unless there is an agreement in place, such as a "flying freehold" to allow it.
You cannot erect anything that goes a millimetre over your neighbours boundary, at any reasonable height, without permission. For the avoidance of doubt it's probably best to get any agreement in writing.