Permission has been granted at appeal for an additional storey on top of an existing residential building, with no obligation to provide affordable housing.
The case concerned the former headquarters of the WWF, called Panda House, where conversion into flats had already occurred under the Government's permitted development rights. The owner then wished to extend the building by an additional floor to provide further flats. The Council considered this would trigger a requirement for affordable housing, but it was demonstrated at appeal that this would not be viable. Other concerns of the Council and Environment Agency were also addressed at appeal, and planning permission granted.
Client: G&O Properties
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