Planning Direct has recently won an Appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the reinstatement of a single house into two self-contained houses in Suffolk.
You might expect the reinstatement of a property to it’s original format to be relatively straight forward in Planning terms. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case. Local councils refuse Planning Applications for all sorts of reasons, in this case, parking.
Last year Suffolk Coastal, Waveney District Council turned down an application for the reinstatement of one property into two in Leiston. Planning Direct has subsequently had this decision overturned at Appeal.
The Planning Consultant at Planning Direct was able to successfully argue that the proposed parking provision for this development was contextually appropriate and in fact in line with all relevant policy. They were able to demonstrate that there would be no adverse impact of the development that would outweigh the benefits.
The benefits of the proposals outlined in the Appeal included
- provision of additional housing
- conversion of existing housing stock
- economic gain
- conservation and enhancement of local character
A local council will most likely refuse your planning application if parking provision for your development falls below the advised regional figure for your property type, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t Appeal.
In this case the Inspector agreed that the benefits of this sustainable development far outweighed the negatives and, in accordance with Paragraph 14 of the NPPF, the build was therefore permitted.
It is worth noting – it’s important not to underestimate the value of a 5-year housing land supply argument when attempting to justify new dwelling development. At present none of the councils in Suffolk can demonstrate that they have met their five year housing land supply quota and this argument holds much weight with the Planning Inspectorate.
If you’re looking to Appeal a Planning Decision Planning Direct could help you. We offer initial advice for free. Why not give us a call for a no obligation chat on 01473 407911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.