We were approached by a private boarding school who had a need for staff accommodation on their land. The needs of the boarders mean that constant supervision is needed, but being in an area of expensive housing, and set within the Green Belt, led to a serious problem for the school. A previous planning application for accommodation had been refused. We provided a robust submission that demonstrated there were the necessary very special circumstances needed to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt, with the case raising issues of the legal rights of the children in the care of the school.
Client: Sunningdale School
The use of land and buildings in the Green Belt for equestrian and livery purposes was questioned by the local planning authority. We were asked to prepare a Certificate of Lawfulness application, and the evidence we gathered and presented demonstrated the lawful situation. The business owner could then continue his activities.
Client: commercial client
We continue our long-standing work with the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, one of the top polo clubs in the country. Permission has been granted for a new pavilion on their No. 1 pitch to enable guests and members to watch matches and for hospitality events. A new access road will serve the pavilion, crossing fields and close to trees in this Green Belt location.
Permission has been granted for works to improve access to the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, near Ascot. This is a long-standing client, and we are pleased to continue work with them to have better polo facilities for the club.
Client: Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club
We were contacted by a landowner who was notified of an application for a mobile phone mast on land opposite their land. Our client was concerned with the proximity of the mast and equipment, so we lodged an objection on their behalf. The application was refused by the local planning authority, but an appeal lodged. We made further representations at the appeal stage, and the scheme was dismissed by the Inspector.
Client: MSG Group
After a long-running series of planning applications, applications for Certificate of Lawfulness, enforcement notices and four conjoined appeals heard at an Inquiry, we managed to have enforcement notices quashed for two properties near Ascot where the gardens had extended into Green Belt land. The cases raised complex issues of law and policy, and we were pleased that the patience of our clients held out to get the result they desired.
Client: private householders
Planning permission has been granted under delegated powers for the redevelopment of a redundant garage and house on the edge of a village in Berkshire, south of Windsor. The scheme will see detached and semi-detached houses replacing an unattractive and redundant site, and the case involved presenting information relating to past uses and the issue of the Green Belt.
Client: Zion Properties Ltd
We were asked by an architect to help advise in relation to a property where there was a long planning history of applications, refusals and appeals. The clients wanted to achieve new ancillary buildings for their house, and better stabling for their equestrian land to replace ageing stables. The Green Belt policy and the past planning history were difficulties for the site. We prepared advice and submitted a planning application, which was approved under delegated powers by the local authority.
Client: private householder
Planning permission has been granted by the local planning authority for a site near Ascot, Berkshire, involving the substantial increase in a house within the Green Belt. The house had already been extended well beyond the usual amount allowed by the Local Plan, and a pre-application submission by the owners had given a negative response. We were called in to assist, and our research established a combination of partly-implemented planning permissions and a particular layout to the house that pointed to a case for 'very special circumstances' that overrides Green Belt harm. We prepared a detailed submission, in conjunction with a local architect, and the case for this further increase to the house was proved.
Client: private householder
We assisted landowners to object to an application for the installation of a new telecommunications mast on highway land opposite their property. The application was refused by the local planning authority.
Client: MSG Group
See the old blog site for more work from
2012 and 2011