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Meeting of the Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 15/03/2005
Future of a Council Owned Property in Godalming



ANNEXE 2
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
COMMUNITY OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 15th MARCH 2005

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Title:

FUTURE OF A COUNCIL OWNED PROPERTY IN GODALMING


Condition of the Property

1. Oakbraes is a 19th Century detached house of four storeys with the lowest storey cut into the hillside. The original building has been converted into four flats. A post war, three-storey brick extension comprising of three purpose built flats has been added to the north elevation. All flats are approached by an arrangement of external steps and steeply ramped footpaths traversing a steep embankment behind the pavement boundary.

2. Whilst the basic structure of the original house is relatively free from any major structural faults there are a number of items that need attention, i.e.

Restoration of stonework
Some stone lintels have fractured and need replacing
Rebuild chimney stacks
Deterioration of brickwork
Damproofing
Rainwater Goods need replacing
Water penetration to roof over bay window
Sash windows require replacement
Soil and waste system needs updating
Internal fixtures, fittings and finishings are poor and do not meet the Decent Homes Standard

3. Although the extension is of a more recent origin, there are a number of serious faults viz:

Foundations need stabilising/underpinning and north west wall needs rebuilding
Windows require replacement
Fittings and fixtures are poor
Roof needs re-tiling and felting
Flashings need attention
Chimney stack requires repairs and re-pointing
Rising damp in flat 1a

4. More generally, the roof and floor timbers to the whole property require woodworm treatment and the roof needs strengthening. The fire precautions to all flats require an upgrade. There is evidence of dry rot in the ground floor, which requires further investigation. Externally the boundary walls, fences, footpaths and steps all require extensive works.

5. It has been estimated that the cost of the works required is in the order of 700,000 plus fees.

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Mr J Swanton Telephone: 01483 -523375

E-mail: jswanton@waverley.gov.uk

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