Have Found A Plot - Have Lost A Plot!
Posted 12 December 2015 - 11:46 AM
As the MBC costs are higher than expected, how about getting other TF suppliers to quote?
Posted 12 December 2015 - 05:07 PM
Edited by Mikey1980, 12 December 2015 - 05:07 PM.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 10:16 AM
But it all depends on the vendor now. I did have a look at the price of plots in Wales yesterday - there were good ones for 100k. That may have to be an option if we cant do what we want around here - trust us to live in an expensive part of the country.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 10:23 AM
I lived in South Oxfordshire for the first 40 years of my life, before I had enough of the over crowding, congested roads and over priced housing that meant I was unlikely ever to own anything better than a standard semi detached house, and plots were just silly money. So aged 40 we moved up here and have never regretted it.
Edited by ProDave, 13 December 2015 - 10:24 AM.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 10:45 AM
But what do I know, I live in Cornwall now.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 10:54 AM
Get well away from Oxford and the region around the A40/A420/A34 and things seem a lot better.
It's a bit like Wiltshire. It's a nightmare around Swindon, Amesbury and Salisbury, but West of Salisbury things are very much more peaceful with far less traffic. The snag is that pushes the land price up...............
Posted 13 December 2015 - 11:05 AM
But what do I know, I live in Cornwall now.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 11:25 AM
And the job before that for a spell I had to pass through Abingdon daily. That's another town with a seriously broken road system. Last time we were down I visited a friend an Abingdon and we left at the wrong time (about 3PM) and it took us about 3/4 hour to get from one side of town to the other with no alternative route.
As for going into Oxford to go shopping, forget that for a game of soldiers after about 10AM, you have to be quick and early.
If you live in one of the villages and never need to travel far, it's a nice place, but for trying to earn a living I just couldn't stand it any more. It is literally a breath of fresh air up here, I almost never sit in traffic queues.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 01:02 PM
Posted 13 December 2015 - 02:55 PM
Specifically you mean The Magic Roundabout don't you?
Why everyone using it isn't killed I don't know - try driving from Flemming Way to Queens Drive in heavy summer rain with the sun in your eyes.
I started to cross it as a non-believer and thanked God heartily when I made it to the other side. It was worse, much worse psyching myself for the return trip. I'd seen Hell Fire and knew I had to go back into it.
Edited by recoveringacademic, 13 December 2015 - 02:55 PM.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 03:02 PM
I used to study and teach there in the 1990s. From college in the centre of Oxford, to the ring road took an hour and a bit most days, and then 20 minutes to Woodstock. If I got a lift, I could do a load of marking while inside the ring-road. My best mate taught himself Italian to a passable level ding the same commute as I did. Another ran too and from the Park and Ride every other day. Occasionally he'd canoe in from Port Meadow. Maniac, fit maniac.
Edited by recoveringacademic, 13 December 2015 - 03:03 PM.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 03:04 PM
If you know someone that finds them difficult, tell them to stop driving!
Edited by SteamyTea, 13 December 2015 - 03:05 PM.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 03:11 PM
The principle of them is fine, and for those that are used to them there's generally no problem, it's all the people that have never seen one, and so hesitate, get themselves in the wrong lane, fail to understand who has right of way, etc that are the main problem with them.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 03:26 PM
There is a roundabout in Boston, MA, they call it the 'gyratory', they can't speak English regardless of what Bill Bryson says.
I loved it, the locals hated it.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 03:30 PM
Now the 4 way stop. That was a junction I liked and it seemed to work well, but somehow I just can't see it working here. And the right turn on a red light seemed sensible as well (would translate to a left turn on red here)
Edited by ProDave, 13 December 2015 - 03:32 PM.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 03:44 PM
I don't know about other parts of the country, but down here, people now seems to think that they 'must' drive around the outside of a roundabout, regardless of where they are going. Not uncommon to find the exit blocked by someone.
Last accident I had was running up the back of a Chinaman (a real genuine one from Red China).
That was on the A420 at Swindon, the roundabout by the Police Station. Totally my fault, I expected him to move onto the roundabout when I was 400 yards from him, still expected him to move when I was 300 yards from him.
When I was 5 yards from him he stopped.
All this time the roundabout was empty.
He demanded cash from me. Luckily the police were close. They ad seen the accident and decided that it was his fault for obstructing the road.
Interesting insurance claim though. I had a broken headlight and a cracked plastic bumper. He had several thousand pounds worth of damage to his old Rover 400.
In hindsight I think I may have been a victim of a scam.
Posted 13 December 2015 - 08:07 PM
Sadly business is here, otherwise id be long gone.
North Norfolk or cornwall/devon beckons..................................
Posted 18 December 2015 - 10:30 PM
Thats the bad news. The good news is that he has offered us the option of buying one of the plots at the front! And while it is not quite as large (only a couple of metres shorter), on a fairly quiet road apart from school time, and does not have such a nice garden outlook, the advantages are that the services connections will be easier, it will have a nice long south facing roof for PV and hopefully be cheaper!
But if we go for it, I will want some guarantee that we can complete in as short a period as possible! We want to be building by summer - not starting in winter.
Watch this space!
Edited by TheMitchells, 18 December 2015 - 10:31 PM.
Posted 31 December 2015 - 09:25 AM
The vendor suggested we had a meeting on site on Christmas eve and I, stupidly, thought we would confirm the location of plot 1, agree a price and that would be the best Christmas present ever! However, no such luck. Instead he explained that as the buyer of the main house had dropped out and the house was back on the market, he had to wait till he knew if the new house buyer wanted the land at the back or not. Then he would know where the driveway would go.
The ideal option was the new purchaser buys the house and land as garden, the driveway would stay in its current position and we would buy Plot 1, to the left of the drive. The downside of this is that the outline planning was for plot 1 being 4 metres to the right and therefore that option would not have planning. However, I cannot see there being a problem as they had already agreed on the principle of the land being developed and we had to apply for full planning anyway. But it would delay our purchase till we had planning; - buying it 'subject to planning'.
Option two is that the new house purchaser does not buy the land at the back and it remains a plot for development. Then the driveway is moved to the left boundary to both the house and plot 4 and we could buy plot 1, with planning permission. But that still does not resolve the problem that the developer has over the driveway and services running underneath. He has been told that the groundworkers can run the services under the road but it would need reinforcing to protect the drains and other services from the lorries/deliveries going to the plot. And it would likely mean re-doing the top surface after the building work as the lorries would likely damage the surface. Hence the high cost and the reason he was reluctant to sell us plot 4 all along.
Option three was for us to buy plot 3, which is to the far right at the front of the whole site and this would not depend on the sale of the house and could go ahead immediately. However, this was not really an option for us as the back of the house and garden would be looking straight at the side of the big house! Not a view I would want and the house would block the setting sun so no sitting in the garden in the evening with a glass of wine watching the sunset. I can accept some compromises to get building but not that one!
So now we are waiting to see who buys the house and whether they want the garden at the back - I sincerely hope they do so we can all get on with our plans. In the meantime, I am back looking elsewhere while hoping we can eventually buy plot 1.
Maybe I should change the title of the post to 'Have found a plot - nearly!'
Posted 31 December 2015 - 09:44 AM