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Neighbourly matters surveying practice: A critical examination of a specialist legal aspect of the professional knowledge base of chartered building surveyors

Chynoweth, P 2011, Neighbourly matters surveying practice: A critical examination of a specialist legal aspect of the professional knowledge base of chartered building surveyors , PhD thesis, Salford : University of Salford.

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    Abstract

    The thesis addresses the subject of 'neighbourly matters' - a specialist area of legal consultancy undertaken by members of the chartered building surveying profession. The specialism deals with the impact of property development on neighbouring properties and is largely concerned with the provision of professional services in relation to party wall and rights to light issues. The research explores a number of ambiguities and uncertainties in the legal and technical professional knowledge base underlying practice in these fields. Specifically, by undertaking its exploration in the context of current approaches to practice, it aims to critically evaluate the compatibility of existing practice with the theoretical knowledge on which it is purportedly based. The thesis places the research at the interface between the legal and built environment academic traditions and the disciplinary and epistemological implications of this are explored. The research employs a combination of doctrinal and interdisciplinary legal methodologies, as defined within the thesis. The thesis locates these within the humanities tradition of research and also draws comparisons with similar approaches within the social sciences. The research codifies relevant areas of the professional knowledge base that have not previously been explicitly articulated. In so doing it highlights a number of contradictions between the nature of the neighbourly matters prepositional knowledge base, and the reality of practice within the field. It concludes that the disparity between professional knowledge and actual practice leaves members of the profession vulnerable to legal challenge, and that such disparity should be addressed through further research and education.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 14:34
    Last Modified: 18 Feb 2014 11:56
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26617

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