A slideshow of our work in Swindon, featuring a range of our carpenters work with various fixtures and materials. In the meantime, if you have further questions, please refer to our FAQ page and don’t hesitate to contact us.
Planning Permission & Robbie Williams | A Cautionary Tale
The tale of Robbie Williams planning permission battle is a cautionary tale for Wiltshire homeowners. Williams, the owner of a sprawling estate in Compton Bassett, has been locked in talks with the local authority over his plans to install a new fence.
The proposals, including a 2 meter high fence, were rejected by local officials. The objection notice cited the visual amenity of the village and it’s location next to a grade 1 listed Church. As a compromise, officials suggested a hedge would be in keeping with the village aesthetic.
“The fence would not be in keeping with that particular area and we are just waiting for a decision by Wiltshire Council whenever that will be. For us the fence would have been too high. One suggestion was that they could have a hedge instead as that would be more in keeping as it could be cut back. It is nothing personal. It was just an observation by the council and we put our points across.” — Council chairman, Pete Szczesiak
How To Get Planning Permission For Your Fence
While most of our clients aren’t international pop stars, we could do well to heed the lessons of Williams. Before proceeding with the project you, or your contractor of choice, would do well to discuss the project with neighbours. You need establish territory lines and ensure the dimensions of the fence don’t impose. In the event the fence is over 2 meters high, you’ll need to contact your local authority for planning permission.
Fortunately, unlike the Williams saga, the overwhelming majority of projects require no permission at all. If you’d like the team at Swindon Fencing to measure up and discuss your proposals, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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How To Install Fence Panels … With Ease
Curious about how to install fence panels? DIY tasks in the garden range from decking to laying turf. Whether you’re an ardent DIYer or a novice, installing fence panels is a task you can execute. This article will summarize the process post by post.
Fail To Prepare, Prepare To Fail …
Just as a misplaced card can bring the house tumbling down, installing fence panels can be a precarious undertaking. We’ll begin by setting the foundations before moving forward.
Before measuring up, you’ll need planning permission. You’ll need to discuss the new fixture with your neighbours and establish boundary lines. Planning permission typically isn’t needed for fence panels that are under 2 meters in height.
If permission is required, you’ll need to contact your local authority. You can also discuss this with your suppliers of choice.
Always Take A Safety First Approach
Clear debris and adopt a safety first approach. Clear rocks and plants from the area and check ensure there are no electrical cables under the designated area. In the event cables are found, you may need to move the boundary or contact the professionals to execute this installation.
Measure up and dig, dig, dig. Measure the distance required for each post and use bamboo (or a solitary stick will suffice.) to make the location. We recommend digging at least 450mm for each post hole.
Install the posts and establish builders lines. Insert the first and last posts and draw 2 builders lines along the the length your new boundary line.
Time to install those panels. Using a pencil mark out 6 equally spaced points along the frame. Now, on these points, drill pilot holes ready for those final nails.
Raise and check the spirit levels. Use the bricks to prop the fence up to 75mm from the ground. In future this opening will prevent rot setting in. Use a spirit level before moving on.
And finally, lock it in. It’s time to return to those pilot holes. Using a galvanized nail, find the pilot holes and hammer the frame and the first post together.
So you don’t need to be a master craftsmen to install fence panels. Follow these steps closely and you’ll have a fence that’ll withstand seasonal extremes and heavy winds for years to come. If you have any questions, or you’d like our professional carpenters to execute the task for you, don’t hesitate to contact our team.
Contact Us With Your Questions
At Swindon Fencing Solutions we regularly field a series of FAQ’s from customers around the county. These questions include our quotes, rates, materials and guarantees. This post will address just a few of them but please reach out to us if you need more information.
Do you offer a free in-person quote?
Yes. Whether you’re based in Swindon or the greater Wiltshire region we’ll offer you a estimate. We’ll outline our services, costs and materials to best match your homes needs.
Can you outline your rates?
Our rates will vary depending on the job in question. Materials, location, accessibility and our time investment all factor. That’s why we offer a free quote.
Is your fencing guaranteed?
Our team are perfectionists and get the job done right first time. That said, if for any reason you have questions or corrections you’d like to apply, we’ll be more than happy to address them.
What decking materials do you work with?
We work with wood, composite and aluminium decking materials. Our suppliers are local and include nationally recognized brands including Trex and Arbordeck.
Can you outline your landscaping services?
Through the years we’ve executed a series of Garden SOS calls. Our services have extended from fencing to stripping and laying new lawns, clearance and tree services.
Do you offer fence and deck repair and maintenance?
Yes, we do. We regularly restore and correct broken panels and blemishes on your fencing or decking. We also you a pressure washer to restore wooden or timber frames.
What are your payment methods?
We accept cash on delivery and BACs. We’re currently expanding our range of methods to allow our clients to pay online too.
We hope this brief article has addressed your questions. In the event you’d like to learn more, reach us at info@SwindonFencing.co.uk or call 07999245094.