Anyone planning building work in the North Laine is being warned to take extra care following the collapse of a house last month.
The North Laine Community Association (NLCA) was told on February 17 that work to the basement of an end of terrace house in Over Street had put it at risk of collapse, with an unidentified sewer earmarked as the cause.
The very next day, these fears were proved accurate when a large section of the house’s wall fell down, leading to the evacuation of several neighbours.
The NLCA is now issuing advice to any other residents thinking of undertaking similar work.
In an article to be published in its magazine next month, it says: “At the last NCLA meeting residents from Over Street reported that, following excavation of the basement, 1 Over Street was in danger of collapsing and had caused damage to numbers two and three.
“A previously unidentified sewer is believed to be the cause.
“Many of you will have seen the scaffolding and the demolition taking place and may have thought of the residents who through no fault of their own had to vacate their property not knowing whether they would ever be able to return.”
It advises anyone carrying out building work to a wall shared with neighbours or excavating foundations to find out whether the Party Wall Act applies, adding: “Given the unknown nature of many of the foundations of North Laine houses and of the sewers which may lie below our houses, this is a critical requirement.”
To find out more, visit www.planningportal.gov.uk.