After informal discussions with Rushcliffe Borough Council the principle of a house on the site was considered acceptable by the planning department, although we had to submit a flood risk assessment to the Environment Agency. This did seem rather unreasonable, since Millions have been spent recently on flood defences along the River Trent !
When we had finalised the design, we invited all the neighbours over to announce our news ! Initially shocked that we were going to move, they were all pleased to hear that we were only moving 15 metres away, and have been very supportive ever since.
It took the usual 8 weeks to gain our approval, and the only amendments requested were a flood evacuation plan.
Whilst waiting for the approval, we started to think about the construction and renewable technologies we might want to include.