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
We were delighted to have achieved planning permission and listed building consent for a new private school for girls up to the age of 11, in the centre of Hampton Hill. The building was a vacant bank, which was formerly houses and listed. The scheme will see extensive works within the building and a new extension to the rear for a hall.
The project gave rise to issues of employment impact, effect on community infrastructure, design, heritage issues and transport. We advised on all these matters, along with a specialist highways consultant. The application was approved unanimously by the Planning Committee and received widespread support from the local community and traders.
This is the second school in the Hampton area for which we have successfully secured permission.
Client: Jack and Jill School
See the old blog site for more work from
2012 and 2011