Merry Christmas from Cosy Homes Online
Posted Dec 23, 2013
It's been a long road to get to where we are and I was delighted when we secured our planning permission. The people of Selsey attended an open meeting and the support continues but the planning conditions have been onerous to say the least. Until very recently we were at a silly point where we couldn't do anything on site until the conditions were signed off but we couldn't do what the conditions required without being on site! In the interim, a more permanent scaffold covering is going up as I type as we continue to try and protect the little that is left from the weather. However, we ARE (finally) making progress and it's looking like we will be allowed to start the groundwork in the New Year.
The other challenge has been to secure finance - all of which was in place when I started this journey so very long ago. It's a different world now and a lack of banking support has meant equity finance but all is in place once again. So fingers crossed, you should be seeing the video updates soon!
This wouldn't be complete without a big thanks to Mariners Building Contractors of Selsey who will be doing this restoration and Blow & Co for their technical skills....and endless drawings!
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