Success Stories

44 The Grates, Oxford
Approval come in for a Hmo in oxford that did not initially look like it would go through! This application required an additional list of supplementary documents, for example,
The standard -
 - a design and access statement,
 - location and site plans,
 - floorplans
 - a noise impact assessment,
 - landscaping assessment,
 - daylight/sunlight assessment
 And there was a lot of back and forth with the council and the clients to change a few details and confirm certain items
 And there was a lot of back and forth with the council and the clients to change a few details and confirm certain items.
Planner: Ema Baker
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3 Holland Road Portsmouth
This odd bungalow, a flat roofed dwelling granted in the 1960s, located among the terraced streets of Southsea was in need of refurbishment. A sympathetic upgrade including the provision of a low pitched roof and a rear extension has resulted in bringing this property back into use and fit for modern day living. Planner: Keith Oliver
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160 Kingston Road, Portsmouth, PO2 7PD
Appeal for the development proposed change of use from shop (Use Class A1) to a self-contained flat (Use Class C3) to include external alterations to replace shopfront. Planner: Jon McDermott
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106 Wantage Road, Reading
Planning permission for 7th person to occupy this HMO taking it from C4 to Sui Generis use. Necessitated conversion of existing garden room to form an additional bedroom. Issues of parking and impact on amenity of the neighbourhood. Also need to address Council's concerns regarding the bedroom being adjacent to the communal kitchen. Planner: Keith Oliver
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3 Latham Street, Preston
Change of use to a 15 bedroom HMO and listed building consent for internal and external alterations. Planner: Jon McDermott
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148 Birches Head Road, Stoke on Trent
Application put through initially (started i believe approx March...) and it came back as refused for reasons including:
 - Parking, Amenity of neighbours and that it would adversely affect the nature and character of the area....
 We had amended plans, typed up a planning statement and other paperwork to support the proposal as there were many objections from the surrounding neighbours.
 We have today received not only an Approval for this appeal but have also been granted a partial award for costs....
One very happy planner as this was the first appeal Ema worked on and put through!!!
Planner: Ema Baker
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39 Belmont Grove, Havant.
Change of use from small HMO (C4) to large HMO (sui generis)
Following the refusal by the Council for one additional tenant based solely on concerns over parking, we were able to get the proposal allowed on appeal with the Inspector agreeing that the addition of one more person in the house would not cause significant harm, particularly given the property's sustainable location near shops and public transport.
Planner: Keith Oliver
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St John Ambulance, Anglesea Road, Lee-on-Solent
Planning permission granted for conversion of former training rooms to a 3-bed detached house. Issues of limited amenity space and parking, successfully argued on basis of sustainable location close to main bus routes and to local shops and services. Planner: Keith Oliver
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1323 High Road
Demolition and construction of a part 3 part 4 story building to form 5 flats. Three approvals sorted in this case with one through the appeal. A great example of holding your nerve Planner: Jon McDermott
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46-48 High Street
Change of use from former McDonalds to a Gym Dealt with as a departure from the local plan and required marketing evidence to support. Planner: Jon McDermott
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2 Lincoln Way
Lawful Development Certificate for conversion of a house to a small care home for children. Very pleased to have helped a client move forward with plans to provide a desperately needed care home for children in Corby. The case illustrates an important planning principle which is sometimes overlooked. Just because you are changing from one Use Class to another (in this case from a C3 dwelling to C2 residential institution) doesn't mean you automatically need planning permission. If the change is not "material" then you don't need permission. We able to show that there would be no noticeable change in how the house would be used and therefore no need to apply for planning permission. Planner: Tim Perkins
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70 Meon Crescent
Permission approved to extend this famiy terraced house to provide additional accommodation for their son. Consultant: Keith Oliver
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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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