Using Screwpile Foundations in Greenbelt Builds & Woodland

November 3, 2016 4:38 pm

Helical pile foundations have a diverse range of uses across practically every industry. Most recently, self builders and property developers have been using helical pile foundations as a way to save time on new residential builds and even to help them build where they may not otherwise be able to.

Foundations and Tree Preservation Orders

Tree Preservation Orders, or TPOs, are orders made by the council giving legal protection to a tree. They can be the death-knell for some building projects and often require builders to replan their projects entirely. Carrying out work without consideration for the TPO and without approval can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000. Often, planning permission will only be provided for a project if the tree is protected during and after the build.

While branches are avoided relatively easily, it can be difficult to avoid harming roots, particularly since their spread is relatively unknown. Building on a cantilevered floor slab with pile foundations keeps excavations to a minimum, and therefore means that you have less risk of disturbing trees on your property.

Reducing Environmental Impact

Planning permission is rarely granted on greenbelt land unless there has been considered effort made to mitigate the impact on the environment and the building is architecturally significant. An excellent way to reduce the environmental impact of any build is to use less concrete throughout. Replacing concrete foundations with helical piles can reduce the building’s overall concrete usage by over 30%.

To find out more about how a helical pile foundation can help with your building project, please get in touch.

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