I can tell you we need this energy of the young ones often to make us laugh in the offices as the difficulties of the daily work are not laughing matters.
The past years we have been involved in Chateaus, passive homes and redevelopments. We are hired for this work by clients but we also work on our own projects. Projects which are spread out over three countries. As you can imagine we have gained and still are gaining experience in obtaining for example building permits. I know we are in one of the most difficult niches of the property world: listed buildings, Batiment de France, Dutch monuments, chateaus, estates etc. But working with these specialized government “listed building” organizations is not the most challenging part. Batiment de France for example is the most helpful organization I know contrary of what you hear. No the real problem is just the normal building permit you often need first. And yes the extreme differences between countries.
In France we experience waiting times up to nine months after delivering all the necessary documents for a simple house build. The reason? Well rules change, permit teams change, and yes EU conformity is not always appreciated. However one thing I really can’t blame which is the friendliness of the people involved. A door to the Mayor of a town is always open. Even a prefect is willing to listen. But it takes time and no do not talk about EU…..as they have their own sometimes unwritten rules.
In the UK we experience waiting times too. However not because of changing teams. But more often it is about small details. Colour is not allowed, a group of people in the neighbourhood has some rights over new developments and so on. Friendliness here….mwah yes but not always. However also here a positive point….professionalism. Yes we often meet planners who really know what they are talking about. Ohhh and EU…..ahum yes if a grant is available but otherwise.
In the Netherlands…..well waiting 9 months again but here not because of team changes or small details but just as this is what the rules say. Friendly sometimes but often it is despite us living here so unbelievable difficult to talk with the right person. And for EU rules….hmmm yes often they are followed but they are also explained in the most extreme way which makes even land sales a difficult one. But I need to stay positive and one thing that is often very clear is steps we need to take to get a permit.
I am just scratching the surface here a little bit as it would not be fair to judge on the fact someone has to follow rules either made up by EU or countries own, however my point is I do not see any EU coming forward in rules surrounding building permits, development insurances (ever tried to get one in France or the Netherlands) or even any other part of building and re-developing. I am not pleading for this to happen as every country has its own cultural differences and own way of building but please do not talk to me about one EU….
If you experience trouble with a building permit for your listed building or you want us to look into a re-development please contact us. www.orbisgroup.net