Dark kitchens are increasingly common, often being set up in commercial premises to provide short-term space for companies to prepare food for takeaways or other catering outlets. They can raise some complex planning issues about change of use and effect on the area, as well as policies concerning concentration of certain activities. We have been advising on this matter for clients, which is a particularly sensitive issue at the moment with the coronavirus leading to more home deliveries and takeaways.
Client: private companies
A project where we got planning permission some time ago, and now built-out and occupied. The redevelopment of a brownfield site within the Green Belt, south of Windsor. The coverage of housing and scale of development - and design in the streetscene - were all issues, along with highways too. We negotiated a successful permission for the client.
Client: Jordan Construction
A couple of months ago we obtained planning permission for a new house on undeveloped, open land in the Green Belt. Another success for a similar scheme, this time on appeal. The client had a large garden, with the restrictions of Green Belt and protected trees. The Council refused permission but we argued at appeal how the erection of a new house on this land is consistent with planning policy: a complex area of planning policy and precedent.
Client: private householder
See the old blog site for more work from
2012 and 2011