9:05 AM, 26th February 2014, About 8 years ago 9
We are trying to get a gas supply to a cottage and a flat.
The flat is above, and at the back, of a shop and they are both accessed via an alleyway between two shops, and a courtyard. We own the alley way and the courtyard.
Having researched on line it seems that if you need what is described as a ‘standard’ connection the network are obliged to charge at a rate which varies between about £400 and £800.
To have a standard connection it has to be domestic, the boundary of the property must be less than 23m from the gas main and the pipe work from the boundary to the meter must be less than 40m. We are OK on all these counts.
We have used 1gas to get a quote for us – they claim to be a broker who get the best price from the various companies who are licensed to carry out gas connections. However, they are adamant that we cannot have a ‘standard’ connection and have consulted with National Grid who are the gas carrier in our area. They say that according to the regulation, because the properties are behind another property it does not count as a standard connection and therefore the only way to connect us is to extend the gas main into the courtyard and this will cost £10,500 – and that is before they have surveyed and worked out how to avoid al the other services which are already there!
I can find no reference to this on any of the documents and guides and I don’t know what regulations they refer to. On a previous post on Property 118 I seem to remember reading that the critical issue was to avoid being treated as a developer, but that isn’t the issue here.
Can I appeal to anyone?
Anyone got any ideas?
Thanks in advance
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