A villa in the fashionable Atlantic coastal village of Cap Ferret has been mysteriously demolished, apparently without the knowledge and consent of the owner.
Although no fee is payable on submission of a planning application, a tax is levied if planning permission is granted.
In recent years the right to challenge a planning consent in France has been substantially reduced by the need to demonstrate that a clear prejudice would be suffered by the development.
Planning rules in France about the right of homeowners to build a swimming pool on their property are not infrequently unclear.
Substantial new roof and wall insulation requirements have been imposed on building renovation projects, although with a number of important derogations.
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A French court has declared void a contract that sought to limit the 10-year defects liability of the builder in the construction of a swimming pool.
Whilst administrative controls exist on the proximity of farm livestock buildings to residential property, the buildings can be uncomfortably close.
There are changes this year to the system of tax credits and other forms of financial assistance for energy conservation works to the main home.
The French government have issued a standard form of ten year building guarantee declaration that must now be used by all building professionals.
The duration of the validity of a planning consent has been increased from two to three years, with an option to increase to five years.
Planning permission in France is always granted subject to the private property rights of others.
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