Success Stories

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Grange Barn, Standford, Bordon
A former small barn within the curtilage of a dwelling which was proposed for holiday let use. An initial application was withdrawn to allow a bat survey to be undertaken and we resubmitted in August 2018. Issues then arose due to its proximity to local heath lands and the potential impact on protected species requiring more ecological input Six months later we finally have permission. Sometimes you have to be in for the long-haul, but we get there in the end.
Planner: Keith Oliver
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84 Chelsea Road, Portsmouth
Not withstanding that the local planning authority had already allowed a large flat roofed side extension to this terraced property, it then refused a small porch extension to the rear citing impact upon the character of the Conservation Area and loss of amenity to the adjacent property. We successfully argued and the appeal Inspector agreed that the small extension could not be seen from outside the site so had no impact on the Conservation Area, while its height was only fractionally higher than an existing fence so there was no significant effect on the neighbouring house. Planner: Keith Oliver
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137 Gladys Avenue, Portsmouth
Application for C3/C4 to Sui Generis HMO. This has been an ongoing drawn out case as it has been going on since June of last year.  We had lots of issues - objections and arguments from the council, amended plans approx 3 times, it almost went to committee but didn't.  Then had a site visit last week where the council have now approved with detail to be submitted for approval for cycle storage and sound insulation. Planner: Ema Baker
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52 Warrington Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent,
Certificate of (proposed) lawful development for the use of the property as a two person co-living dwellinghouse. Planner: Ema Baker
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2 Clifton Road, Slough
Conversion of a 3 bedroom house into 2 x 3 bedroomed houses with single storey rear extension, first floor rear extension, front porch extension and rear dormers to facilitate loft conversion. Lots of amending plans due to the area and exterior alterations. This was a hard one to get through. Planner: Ema Baker
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22 Morgan Avenue, Torquay
This was a consent for flats that had a restrictive condition on it that did not suit modern day occupancy as it required one flat to be occupied by a resident owner at all times.
We sought to remove the restrictive condition successfully.
To be fair the argument we used was "did the condition meet the prescribed tests"and the answer in our opinion was no. Hence the successful application.
Planner: Helen Morris Ruffle
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16 Wyresdale Road, Bolton
This Victorian terraced property had an approved use for four small flats, but the new owner wanted to use it as an HMO. The property could not be converted without the need for planning permission which may have been problematic given the perceived parking issues in the area. Permission was therefore sought and granted to convert the premises back to a single dwelling. No conditions were imposed taking away permitted development rights and the owner, once the permission is implemented, can therefore flip it to a small HMO. Planner: Keith Oliver
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29 New Road East, Portsmouth
Property has use as a large HMO. Clients wanted to upgrade facilities for the rooms in the roof. This necessitated adding two dormers on the front elevation.
Normally front dormers are a no-no, but by working with the architect to keep the dormers in scale and proportion to the existing house we were able to persuade the Council that they were appropriate in this instance.
Planner: Keith Oliver
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32-36 Lower Hillgate, Stockport
22 unit flatted development - followed a refusal at appeal and an approval for 21 units. Was a tricky tight little site that needed council to buy in too, however in the end the merits of developing the site outweighed the harm. Planner: Jon McDermott
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27 Lincoln Way – Corby
Certificate of Lawful Use  confirming permission not required to convert from dwelling to small Children's home. Was a repeat of approval for 2 Lincoln Way but still took Corby Council over 8 weeks to come up with the same answer! Planner: Keith Oliver
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27 Aldin Avenue South, Slough
This  application was really tough and took a long time before the council approved as the council kept coming up with multiple issues regarding the submitted plans as the council  kept raising issues or queries which we had to prove were not issues and did not go against there own directions and guidelines.
The property is in an article 4 area.
Planner: Ema Baker
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45 Brockman Road – Folkstone and Hythe
This application went back and forth numerous times due to the council  changing their minds on certain points and the council trying to change the property class description, so extra work and evidence was sent to prove the use class, the council then changed it back.
Then they wanted amendments to the plans and elevations twice, so extra work was done for this.
Then there was an issue of windows being inconsistent so that had to be changed and then also they requested further information regarding bins and storage.
Plus it was in a conservation area.
Planner: Ema Baker
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40 North Street, Havant,
Having previously got permission to change the workshop at the rear of this property we have now started on the shops at the front. The first step is to get the upper floor into ancillary use, thus allowing the clients to use Class G to gain two further flats in due course. Planner: Keith Oliver
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23 Bullar Road, Southampton
Despite having granted a Certicate  of Lawful Use for the above property to be used by up to 9 persons, the Council served an Enforcement Notice alleging increased use solely on the basis that showers had been installed in two further rooms despite admitting in writing that there was no more than 9 people resident.
Having been contacted by the owner for advice we considered the Council was in error and appointed Matt Gilks the planning solicitor at Thrings to contact the Council and advise them of the error of their ways.
The Council duly withdrew the Notice.
Planner: Keith Oliver
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9 Fore Street, Kingsbridge
Conversion of first floor LB to flat that has taken 1 year to negotiate through and to get the Heritage officer on side with all kinds of problems. Planner: Helen Morris Ruffle
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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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