A small project, appreciated by the clients after a long-running saga. Planning permission had been refused for extensions to an existing building in a conservation area that has been converted to flats, on the grounds of inadequate internal accommodation for occupants. The architects for that scheme came to us seeking help for a possible appeal. We reviewed the case and established the Council had misunderstood the proposals and not correctly applied policy. After discussions with the client, architect and planners, we prepared a revised application accompanied by a correct policy appraisal, and the resubmitted planning application was approved under delegated powers.
Client: private investment company
The design and housing think tank, Create Streets, has recently published a document that seeks to encourage additional storeys to existing houses in cities, with a call for more mansard roofs. This was widely reported in The Times. the Report includes a small number of examples to illustrate their objectives, one of which is a past project of our's: an additional mansard storey in Belgravia for our clients, Grosvenor Estate.
Planning permission has been granted for significant changes to a large family house in the Belsize Gardens area of North London. The client wished to see a roof extension, changes to the rear, alterations to a basement and changes at the front of the building. The property lies within a conservation area, with normal permitted development rights removed, and we presented an application to argue for planning permission. After long negotiations with the Council, who initially resisted many of the changes, the planners were persuaded to grant permission.
Client: private householder
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2012 and 2011