Mr K. approached Planning Direct back in the summer of 2018 for advice on how to secure Planning permission to build an additional dwelling in his garden. He had previously applied to his local Council (St Edmundsbury) for Planning permission which had been rejected and he needed help to appeal the councils’ decision.
The applicant, based in Kedington was refused permission to develop his garage, extending it and converting it to form a single storey detached dwelling. The Planning Consultant Miss O’Hagan at Planning Direct was convinced an Appeal to the Independent Planning Inspectorate would result in Planning Permission being granted thereby enabling Mr Kent to build a second house on his land.
Mr K.’s site consisted of a semi-detached, two-storey dwelling located at the junction to a small cul-de-sac. The host dwelling, his home, had a single-storey detached garage located within the side garden, as well as a generously- sized rear garden.
The proposed dwelling consisted of a high-quality build in full compliance with all relevant space and amenity standards. Appropriate provision of off-street parking for both properties was incorporated within the scheme. This sustainably-located, high-quality dwelling was deemed to be acceptable to the Council in all respects aside from its alleged impact on character and appearance.
In cases such as this, a well worded appeal statement which addresses the councils’ concerns and highlights where a development complies with national and local policy holds much weight.
In this particular case the Planning Consultant was able to write an appeal statement which satisfactorily demonstrated that the development
“appropriately and sensitively responded to the character and appearance of the locality causing no significant harm to its setting and thereby constituting an aesthetic enhancement of the street-scene”.
Dispelling the Council’s concerns regarding the development’s impact on character and appearance of the area, and demonstrating that
“the proposed dwelling is highly-appropriate within its very specific residential context”
were all that was needed to ensure the council’s decision was overriden.
The client won his appeal. Here’s what he had to say about Miss O’Hagan, the Planning consultant who handled his case
“Nikki dealt with our appeal in an efficient professional and pleasant way. We could always get hold of her which meant a lot to us. We would definitely recommend her”
If your local council has turned down your planning application Planning Direct could help you appeal their decision. Contact us now on 01473 497911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitting an application to the Planning Inspectorate is free and Planning Direct may well charge less than you expect.