External wall insulation added to listed building 'to stop mould' must now be removed

An outside image of a house with newly installed white external cladding
The external cladding and rendering supposedly helped get rid of the mould from this family home (Image credit: Google Earth)

A father claims he installed external wall insulation to prevent mould from spreading in his house, but he has now been given six months to remove it by the council.

The man from Corsham says he is concerned for his family's health due to the black mould that he tried to get rid off through other methods but failed so tried to improve the home's insulation.

Ian Rock
Ian Rock

Chartered surveyor Ian Rock MRICS is a director is Rightsurvey.co.uk and the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals, including the Home Extension Manual, the Self Build Manual and Period Property Manual. Ian is also the founder of Zennor Consultants. In addition to providing house surveys, Zennor Consultants provide professional guidance on property refurbishment and maintenance as well as advising on the design and construction of home extensions and loft conversions, including planning and Building Regulations compliance.

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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.