Yesterday, I contacted a number of builders & roofers to come & give me quotations for the work that needs doing, and I also had a long conversation with a Planning & Building Control Consultant based in Bolsover about the vexed Planning Permission question.
As a result I have now sent off an email to the Development Control Department of Bolsover District Council asking for - "an informal comment on planning, conservation & highways aspect, prior to submitting a full application"
I have asked for a reply within 7 days, so 'watch this space'!!
Now the good news - the elusive Brian from Revenues has been in touch - following my visit earlier today to The Arc, to see why I had not heard from him.
This afternoon, I have received a fulsome reply from him, in which he confirms that he has changed the ownership details on the Beehive Cafe. However there are no records about the outbuildings, and so Business Rates or Business Rate Relief is not applicable for something that doesn't exist in their records.
Now - this has set me wondering - why do I have to get Planning Permission for something that 'doesn't exist' - interesting. Methinks a few questions need to be asked in the right places!!
Tomorrow I have another builder coming to have a look & prepare a quote, so more in my next post later in the week.
In the meantime, if you are in Bolsover, why not drop into the Beehive Cafe for a drink and a slice of one of Michelle's wonderful cakes.
Enjoy the next few days - I'll be back soon!