Planning Permission: 10 recently approved projects

Our latest Planning Permission successes include a successful Appeal, and a Listed Building with a bat roost:

1. Rexford House approved

We are pleased to announce that last week we gained planning permission for a new 5,000 sq. ft. dwelling at Rexford House for our clients, Sherborne Developments. Through imaginative redesign and a proactive approach, we achieved planning permission for a larger dwelling than the previously approved scheme with a linking corridor to additional accommodation, over a three-bay integral cartshed/garage. We are all very proud of the permission we have obtained and look forward to assisting with the building of the house in the coming months.

2. Office to Residential conversion in Bristol

Current Permitted Development rules mean it’s possible to convert empty office space into houses or flats while avoiding many of the risks of the full planning process. Recently, our team secured an office to residential conversion in urban Bristol using these rules, consequently helping our clients make the most of their unused assets.

3. Large extension to 1920’s house in Woolton Hill

We’ve recently obtained Planning Permission for a range of works to a wonderful 1920’s house in Woolton Hill, near Basingstoke. Our architects were able to design the large extensions and alterations required showing sensitivity to the characterful existing house, therefore setting up our planners to guide it through the planning process.

4. Class Q approval replaced with new Georgian House in countryside

Our clients approached us after getting approval to convert a modern agricultural barn to residential use under permitted development rights (Class Q), in order to replace this with a more traditional looking house. The proposal was not supported by the case officers at Basingstoke and Deane, as it did not strictly meet the policy tests set out in the local plan. Our design did however, gain support from locals, Parish, and Borough Councillors, who joined us to speak in favour of the application at the Development Control Committee meeting. The Committee members agreed with our position and almost unanimously overruled the Planning Officer’s position by 10 votes to 1.

5. Farmhouse extension and six bay cart shed in Oxfordshire

A range of alterations were proposed for a house in Oxhill, between Stratford-upon-Avon and Banbury. These included extensions to the main house, replacing the existing cart shed with a larger, six bay cart shed, and also altering the swimming pool. By focusing on the relationship of the works to the existing buildings, we produced a sensitive design. This minimised the visual impact on the countryside, and so we successfully gained Planning Permission for our client’s scheme.

6. Listed Building in Vale of White Horse

We routinely work alongside expert specialists to overcome specific setbacks in a project. At a farm house at Compton Beauchamp, near Swindon, our clients applied for extensive works to a Listed Building where bats had been found. We coordinated with ecologists and heritage consultants to produce reports supporting the plans. By designing the scheme to keep the historical integrity of the building, while putting in measures to protect the bats, we were able to secure Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for this project.

7. Converted Listed barn in Berkshire

Our recent successes in West Berkshire include works to a converted Listed barn at Eling Hermitage, near Thatcham. With a detailed and thorough application, we secured Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for designs that will provide our clients with more living space, as well as an additional bedroom. The plan also removes some unsightly outbuildings, which will improve the setting of their home.

8. New Build house in Hampshire

Many of our clients have requirements that go beyond what can normally be achieved by extending or altering a home, so we often suggest replacing older houses with a new build home. One recent example was in Goodworth Clatford where we obtained Planning Permission to replace a bungalow with a new, 4-bedroom house. This needed a careful design to ensure that it fits with its surroundings, and also a strong justification in a Planning, Design and Access Statement.

9. Appeal for new home office and garage in Berkshire

We recently won Planning Permission after appealing a refused application for a cart shed with a home office above in Ashampstead Common, near Reading. The Planning Inspector agreed with us that the proposal was not harmful to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or to the living conditions of the neighbours. The Planning Inspector also rejected a number of the Council’s suggested planning conditions, finding them to be unnecessary.

10. Conversion of derelict farm buildings near Alton

We recently secured Planning Permission to convert some derelict agricultural stables and a coach house, also adding a generous extension. We methodically demonstrated how the proposal complied with Planning Policy, and the Council’s Planning Officer agreed with our interpretation.

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