Mr Torrice approached Planning Direct some months ago dissatisfied with a decision from Basildon Disrict Council. He had been granted Planning Permission for a 15m extention on a property in Billericay. Unfortunately, this didn’t satisfy his requirements. Mr Torrice needed an 17m extension in order that he may demolish an existing bungalow and erect a three bedroom house in its place.
Sometimes applications are refused on matters as simple as – what is deemed to be poor design. This application was refused on the grounds that it would have an unacceptable effect on (a) the character and appearance of the area and (b) the living conditions of the neighbours.
The granting of Planning Permission is subjective because it is based on professional judgement. Not all Town Planners would draw the same conclusion on each case. In an appeal like Mr Torrice’s we were asking the Inspectorate to substitute their much more experienced judgement for that of the Council.
We were able to demonstrate that there were a number of properties which had been extended to the depth that this client had requested and that the proposed property would not be out of character. We also offered a different perspective with regards to the neighbour’s outlook. Changes in circumstances can mean that new professional judgements can be reached more easily.
If you’ve had a Planning Application refused, or haven’t been granted sufficient permission, you have just six months to appeal. All appeals are directed to the Planning Inspectorate, taking the decision away from your Local Council and placing it into the hands of an independent Inspector. Nationally, approximately one third of appeals are successful. Here at Planning Direct our experts have considerable knowledge of the planning system, planning law, and the inner workings of Local Councils. Our success rate for appeals is almost double the national average.