Planning permission has been granted for an additional storey and part change of use in buildings to the rear of mixed commercial and residential premises in a neighbourhood town centre, outer London. The project raised issues of design, parking, effect on neighbours, lighting for the new dwelling, effect on commercial space, contamination and sustainability. The application was approved under delegated powers.
Client: G&O Properties
Our clients own a commercial building that was built as part of a mixed use development with a planning condition restricting the occupancy to very limited community and healthcare uses. This was restricting the potential letting of the building. We prepared a case to widen the Use Classes that could occupy the premises, in order to improve the chances for finding a new commercial occupier. The application was approved under delegated powers.
Client: private pension fund
Planning permission has been granted for the installation of new condenser units at a mixed commercial and residential property in a busy area of Chelsea. The property, and location of the units, is close to residential premises and are crucial to the operation of a ground floor commercial unit. We achieved permission after demonstrating no harm to amenity from noise, vibration or visual intrusion, or harm to the conservation area.
Client: commercial client
We have secured planning permission and listed building consent for works to the interior and exterior of a mixed retail and office building in the Belgravia Conservation Area, London. The works will see alterations to the original floorplan of the building to create more viable office space, improved retail space on the ground and lower ground floor, and a new shopfront. The installation of air conditioning in a sensitive fashion was also agreed.
Client: Grosevnor Estate
A successful small scheme for our long-standing clients of the Grosvenor Estate: the replacement of a shopfront in a listed building to provide a new shopfront of traditional design. We appraised the building and wider area, and advised on the design of the works to secure the consent under delegated powers.
Client: Grosvenor Estate
Planning permission has been granted for works to a commercial property in the small town of Crowthorne, Berkshire to provide additional retail space and new flats. The premises had been in mixed retail and office use, and we gained permission for an extension to the rear to improve the shop as well as the creation of new flats on upper floors. Issues were parking, access, servicing and quality of space. We worked with other consultants to gain permission under delegated powers, subject to a legal agreement.
Client: private developer
After long-running discussions, applications, appeals and negotiations with the local authority, we have finally managed to resolve dispute regarding commercial buildings near Chertsey Station, Surrey. The case had involved the redevelopment of dilapidated buildings where the Council had only wished to see a very limited amount of new commercial space. Over some time we managed to secure a mixed commercial and residential scheme, and then resolve disputes regarding the discharge of conditions and variation to the permission.
Client: private developer
As a follow-up from the last posting.... Longman's sweet shop was the sponsor for Chertsey Town FC in the FA Vase final. And on Sunday they won in Wembley! Here they are, celebrating with their 'Longmans Traditional Sweet Shop' shirts.
Well done Chertsey, and if you want some sweets and ice cream then head off to Longmans!
After a long battle with the planning department, we eventually obtained planning permission for a small development of residential and retail. The site is next to the railway station in Chertsey and there were issues of noise, vibration, design and scale. The development has recently been completed and the ground floor retail unit opened as Longmans Traditional Sweets - an old fashioned sweet and ice cream shop, which is very popular with the locals.
Client: Longman Developments
Another project from a few years ago that is now complete - this time the conversion of a listed building in Mayfair to a new retail unit on the ground floor. We were again involved in research into the history of the building and presenting the case for modifications to the historic fabric in order to provide a new retail unit. The shop is now open in the new space.
Client: Grosvenor Estates
See the old blog site for more work from
2012 and 2011