Success Stories

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41 Kingsley Road, Maidstone
There was a long delay in validation. Council requested amended plans and elevations but once amended the application sailed through. Planner: Ema Baker
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252 Short Heath Road, B23 6JY
Appeal allowed with a full award of costs.
It was a change of use from day nursery to a large 9 bed HMO refused on the grounds of the living conditions of the occupiers of neighbouring properties, with particular regard to noise and disturbance; and the living conditions for the occupiers of the development, with particular regard to the room sizes.
 They were taking so long I wrote a letter of concern to the Inspectorate and we then got the decision within a week!
Planner: Ema Baker
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324A Headstone Lane, Harrow
Permission added a first floor of office space on an existing industrial building including re-cladding of the building to give it a modern appearance. The main issue was the suitability of the location for an office use. The site is outside of the town centre which is the preferred area for offices, however as the use would be ancillary to ground floor industrial it was allowed as an exception. Planner: Tim Perkins
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Unit 1 and 2, Quay Lane Industrial Estate, Gosport
Application to convert a storage unit to a car sales garage, within a small industrial estate. we were able to show the use would safeguard existing jobs and not lead to any problems with parking and access. Planner: Keith Oliver
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Worthy Vale Silverwell, Blackwater
Record time! Due to team work with the Applicant and Architect to provide all the relevant information to the LPA on submission.

Demolition and replacement of existing dwelling.

Planner: Helen Morris Ruffle
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47-49 Newcastle Road, Sunderland
Permission in Principle granted for the conversion of two adjacent terraced houses for up to 6 flats. This follows on from an earlier success in achieving a similar permission on nos.43-45 Newcastle Road for up to 9 flats. Planner: Tim Perkins
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78 Woodlands Road, Middlesbrough
This was a standard application for change of use from c3 to a large 8 bed HMO, designated student growth area etc.
However the planning officer was not happy, they didnt want bins or bikes at the front (even through streetscene had no objection). The planner wanted my client to rip out the rear utility room and move the kitchen in order that the bins and bikes could be stored there, I managed to refute that on the grounds that it was an excessive cost in relation to the proposed development.
The plans needed amending 3 times in the end.
Finally it has come through as an approval with an allowance that the bins can be stored within the rear alleyway and the bikes can go on a wall rack within the back passage.
Planner: Ema Baker
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70 & 72 Hereward Road Tooting , London, SW17 7EY
Client needed two rear extensions on adjacent dwellings the council wanted a S.106 agreement to ensure that both were built together to avoid any loss of daylight or overbearing impact on the other one, if only one was built. It is unusual because it requires them to complete as one building operation even though it was two buildings. Client was very happy with outcome. Planner: Tim Perkins
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11 Windmill Lane Epsom Surrey
Two previous refusals for household rear extension from Epsom and Ewell Council. Planner: Kirsty Turner
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1 Claremont Road, Surbiton
This case was proof that not every PD right is removed by an article 4 - the site is in a conservation area and the council had removed Class O but left Class G available.
Hence the certificate was easy to prove.
Planner: Jon McDermott
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76 Gilbert Road, Belvedere, Kent
This instruction was a little odd as the development could have been argued as Class C3(b) however the client and the lender both wanted and needed a Class C2 use for lending and therefore planning permission was sought and approved on this basis. Planner: Jon McDermott
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301 Copnor Road, Portsmouth
It was a conversion of part of ground floor unit from Class A1 to Class A2 and part of ground floor unit from Class A1 to self-contained flat (Class C3). This is Kirsty's first approval. Well done Kirsty you smashed it!!!! Planner: Kirsty Turner
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42 Outram Road, Southsea
After a substantial brick wall had been demolished without consent in a Conservation Area, we were called in to secure a replacement. The wall was in a poor condition, not least due to a large protected tree at one end which was pushing it over, the owner was given wrong advice by the Planning Dept both about its removal and its replacement. We liaised with the Conservation Officer and working with Sylva Consulting, tree consultants, secured permission for a replacement wall similar to what had previously existed but with railings around the tree. Planner: Keith Oliver
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12 Normandy Street, Alton
Permission had been granted for use as a restaurant some 40 years ago, but a potential buyer wanted to use it in part at least as a takeaway. We were able to prove to the Council through the planning history, photographs and statutory declarations by previous tenants that it had acquired use as a restaurant and takeaway over that period. Planner: Keith Oliver
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Chamberlain Club, Upper Lichfield Street, Willenhall, WV13 1PB
Change of use from D2 to A2. Went through within 8 weeks and no issues. Planner: Tim Perkins
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43-49 Newcastle Road, Sunderland
Permission in Principle secured for conversion of a house and a former church at Newcastle Road,  to up to 9 flats. Planner: Tim Perkins
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19 West Street, West Malling
Construction of two storey side extension and external alterations. Council approved this really quickly and were fully on board with this application. Planner: Jon McDermott
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130-132 Montagu Street, Kettering
Following a series of refusals, we were asked to look at this case for the conversion of a former shop. Following detailed discussions with the local planning authority, we have successfully secured the use of the building as a 4 bedroomed HMO and 3 bedroom flat. This enables our client to successfully refinance. Planner: Jon McDermott
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30 Munster Road, Portsmouth
We previously submitted and got refused on grounds of insufficient communal space, given the layout and size of the property we could have gone to appeal with this and won.
 My client felt it would be quicker in timescale to amend the plans by adding a small extension to make up the space so we went with a re submission addressing this and got the approval today.
Planner: Ema Baker
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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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