Our latest planning permission news from October:

New House in Wiltshire

Fowlers secured planning permission for a new house and garage in Wiltshire. The secluded site is currently occupied by an unattractive bungalow.

Following a few failed attempts to secure approval, in 2017 the Council granted permission for a house and garage. In 2019, we applied for the same house but with a two-storey extension. The Council did not support this proposal because of the increase in size, so we withdrew the application.

To overcome the Council’s objections, we commissioned a robust Landscape and Visual Appraisal for the scheme. In 2020, we applied again with this new report, and it made a key difference to the Council’s view.

While the Council still felt the scheme was significantly larger than the existing bungalow, they appreciated our revised application. They felt the extra information made the design acceptable, and granted permission.

Although a long and frustrating process at times, we are delighted to have got the result our clients wanted.

New House in Hampshire

We recently achieved a Permission in Principle approval for a new house in a Hampshire village.

Although the site is technically in the countryside, the Planning Officer did not consider it to be isolated. The Council also could not demonstrate a 5-year supply of land for housing. The application was sent to the Planning Committee and was recommended for approval.

Despite receiving a number of objections, the Council voted to approve the scheme.

The next step will be to pursue Technical Details Consent, which will determine the details of the proposal.

Learn more about Permission in Principle

New Barn in Hampshire

We achieved permission for a new storage barn in Hampshire recently. The new barn will replace an old outbuilding and stables. The Council requested additional ecological information during the application, which was time sensitive due to the bat season nearing its end.

The ecologists found evidence of bats and barn owls, and proposed mitigation. The Council were happy with this, but also included conditions with the planning permission to protect the mitigation.

Permission in Principle Appeal Won for New House in Hampshire

Fowlers recently won an appeal for Permission in Principle for a new house in Hampshire.

The application was refused by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council earlier this year. The main issue was a conflict between the proposal and the local Neighbourhood Plan.

Our clients asked us to lodge the appeal in the summer, and it was allowed last month.

The Council could not demonstrate a 5-year supply of housing land, and so although the plans were different to the Neighbourhood Plan, the Inspector didn’t give as much weight to this. The Inspector viewed the site as an infill scheme, and did not consider it an isolated site.

They considered the benefit of additional much-needed housing outweighed any negative impacts.

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