A householder discovered during the selling of their property that there were a number of outstanding issues at their house; they had thought permission was granted for changes to the roof, rear extensions, side extensions and a studio building in the grounds of this locally listed building. We undertook a series of planning applications at short notice to regularise the various breaches of control, which involved sensitive discussions with the local authority and the potential purchaser of the house. The matters were all resolved quickly and the situation regularised.
Client: private householder
The Government announced earlier this year the loosening of planning controls relating to the change of use from offices to residential. We have achieved an early success under this new regime, with approval granted for such a change in the LB Kingston; an authority well-known for long-resisting the change of use of employment to housing. The application demonstrated to the Council that prior approval was not needed, and the land-owner could take advantage of the new rights.
A small project, but successfully completed for the client. A very plain lodge house building serving a country estate in Cambridgeshire was to be remodelled by an architect. The planning authority raised numerous concerns on the design and the new work. We were involved in demonstrating why the changes were correct for the building, the estate, and in relation to planning policies. From an initial outright 'never' position, the authority granted permission under delegated powers.
Client: private estate
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2012 and 2011