An unexpected side effect of the Covid restrictions and lockdown has been a big increase in planning applications. More people seem to be looking to extend their properties or build on land. And, understandably, others are wanting to protect their own property from insensitive development. Our book shows how to get involved in the planning process if you need to object to a planning application or appeal. For more information and to find out how to buy the book go to our website.
We have been involved for a number of years in the preparation of the new South Oxfordshire District Local Plan, making representations on behalf of a number of clients opposing development. The Plan has proved to be highly controversial in relation to housing allocations, and we have advised our clients in detail behind the scenes and made appearances at meetings over the years. We recently appeared at the virtual sessions for the Examination of the Local Plan, which is the first full virtual Hearing in the country.
Client: private individuals and Haseley Brook Action Group
We now have a YouTube channel that gives some snippets of key points to remember if you are objecting to a planning application or appeal, or making your own planning appeal. These accompany our books that can be found at www.town-planning-know-how.co.uk and the channel can be seen by clicking here.
We're pleased to report that both our recent books on How to Object to a planning application or appeal, and How to Appeal against a refusal of planning permission reached the top 50 bestseller lists in 'Law for the Layperson' on Amazon. They are selling well, and provide a great guide for being involved in the planning system. See more at www.town-planning-know-how.co.uk
We recently had success for local residents in objecting to new housing in a village in Oxfordshire, where planning officers had recommended approval but we helped persuade the Planning Committee to refuse. In that project the developer appealed and the appeal was dismissed, on the grounds we had given.
We have repeated the success for residents: again, an application had been recommended for approval, Councillors refused permission, and the subsequent appeal has been dismissed - and again for the reasons we set out.
This shows how presenting a careful argument based on thorough interpretation of planning policies can make the difference to whether permission is granted or not.
Client: residents' group
We were asked by a group of residents to help with their objection to a new estate of housing on the edge of their village in Oxfordshire. The planning officers had supported the scheme, but we assisted in persuading Councillors to overturn a recommendation to approve. The developers appealed against the refusal of planning permission and we made further submissions on behalf of residents at the appeal. The Inspector agree with objections, and the appeal was dismissed.
Client: local residents' group
A planning application was submitted on open land next to our clients' house in an Oxfordshire village. We made objections on behalf of local residents. Planning Officers were minded to approve the application, but the Planning Committee was persuaded to refuse the application.
Client: private householders
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
A planning application was submitted close to a client's house, in a village conservation area in rural Oxfordshire. The development would have seen a large increase in the amount of housing, close to the client, and with a very difficult access. The Planning Officer recommended the application for approval, but Councillors were persuaded to refuse planning permission.
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