Success Story’s

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Duke Street Woking
Change of use from offices to 158 Dwellings This prior approval was right in the centre of Woking and used all of the available space within the building. Due to the proximity to the town centre and the railway line we needed a lot of additional reports to get this done however the Council turned this application around as fast as practicable and granted it. The PA was followed by two 'Shell' applications for external alterations allowing a bespoke building to be developed. Planner: Jon McDermott
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59 Clarke Road
Change of use from offices to flats (Class C3) This prior approval forced the Council to change its registration criteria! They originally refused this application on grounds of highway safety however they did so some 1 month out of time. A quick (6 month) visit to the Inspector later and one embarrassed LPA and the Inspector allows the appeal by default on the 56 day rule. Planner: Jon McDermott
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40 North Street, Havant
Prior Notification of change of use from workshop to 2 flats. Planner: Keith Oliver
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36 Campbell Road
Change of use from two 6 bedroom HMO's to one nine bedroom HMO You would think the council would snap at the chance of reducing the occupation of the building from 12 persons to nine however Two applications, two visits to the committee, one appeal and one planning HMO database update later Portsmouth City Council granted planning permission for this scheme admitting their original errors and thanking the client for such a good job! Planner: Jon McDermott
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3 Camden Square
Change of use from House to HMO (Class C4) Thanet Council are not the easiest authority to work with and they made us work for this application. After much pursuading planning permission was granted. Planner: Ema Baker
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22 Monmouth Road
Change of Use from Class C3 House to Class C4 HMO and Large 7 person HMO (Sui-Gen). The Council were really good with this application and once registered this went straight through. Planner: Ema Baker  
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Land at the Wash
Former Pub Garden at the Washington Public House to 4 five bedroom houses. First application was refused on just a sequential test. So we carried out the test to prove that there was no other site that could take the houses and planning permission was passed accordingly. A further application is in for the construction of 4 three bedroom houses. Planner: Jon McDermott
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The Washington
Change of use from Public House to 31 Bedroom HMO and Flats The first application on this site needed us to update the FRA to push it through, the second application essentially was a rework of the first. Planner: Jon McDermott
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Haycorns Farm
Change of use of a turkey shed (Agricultural) to three dwellings. On this case the Council would not allow us to tackle all three sheds in one go therefore isolating one we were able to gain approval for the change of use of the building including external works to provide a new roof, windows and doors to form three bespoke houses. Planner: Jon McDermott
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48 The Hill St Albans
Change of use from office (Class B1a) to 3 dwellings This project required us to 'persuade' the Local Planning Authority that the authorized use of the property fell within Class B1(a). Following that the LPA granted the prior approval for 3 dwellings from this former chapel. Planner: Jon McDermott
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14 Kimbolton Road
Change of use  from 6 Bedroom HMO to 10 Bedroom HMO Bedford Borough Council did not have an Article (4) direction at the time and therefore the initial change to a 6 person HMO was straightforward. The following application for a further 4 people was easy for the Council to deal with as the creation of an HMO had already happened. Planner: Jon McDermott
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