Fantastic result for a client in York. ClearView Planning Ltd was approached by Andrew Jenkins at Fluid Design Architects based in York, after an application that they had submitted for substantial front and rear extensions to a detached family home was refused by the City Council. The Council argued the proposed scheme was unacceptable on a number of grounds, believing the scale, bulk and massing of the proposed extensions were too much and would be harmful to the character of the local street scene and that the modern design was also out of keeping with the area. Working with Fluid Design, ClearView Planning put forward a strong case to argue the Council were wrong to come to their decision and that the proposal was actually acceptable and in accordance with local and national planning policy and would not result in the harm suggested by the Council. We were able to identify many examples of similar modern designed homes located adjacent to more traditionally designed houses, including two located on the same street that had been approved by the Council. Ultimately the Inspector allowed the appeal and agreed with our case on every point we put forward. We are extremely pleased for the client and his family who were overjoyed to get this result.
ClearView Planning Ltd are pleased to announce that they have successfully obtained planning permission for the change of use of a residential property (C3) to a small care home (C2) for 4 young adults with mild learning difficulties in Mansfield. The property is a four bedroom detached house which will be occupied by four young adults with a carer on site, to allow them an opportunity to live an independent life. It is owned and managed by Rhodsac Community Living Ltd, who are working with Nottinghamshire County Council to provide additional care home bedspaces in the County. Their role is to create new small care homes that are located within the heart of communities. Rhodsac Community Living Ltd already own and manage similar homes in Milton Keynes and Bletchley, for which ClearView Planning Ltd were instrumental in obtaining planning permission. We are currently preparing other applications for them in the Mansfield area.
ClearView Planning were approached by the owner of The Sebastopol Public House in Windsor following the refusal of their application for the demolition of the existing pub and the development of 9 flats. Advice was given to the client regarding the strength of the Councils reasons for refusals and a strategy for the appeal was put forward. Working closely with the client and their architect, ClearView Planning drafted the planning statement and submitted the appeal to the Inspectorate. The crux of the issue centred around the need to demonstrate the pub is no longer viable and has been properly marketed for a sufficient period. A number of design issues were also raised by the Council but it was felt that these were not particularly strong arguments against the scheme. After several months of waiting following the submission of the appeal, the Inspector issued their decision. Much to the delight of the client the inspector allowed the appeal confirming that the scheme was acceptable and that there were sufficient alternative pubs in the surrounding area to allow the redevelopment of the site to go forward.
ClearView Planning are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted on appeal for a 45 bed Care Home in St Albans. ClearView Planning were approached by Fluid Design after the planning application they had submitted on behalf of their client had been refused by St Albans District Council. ClearView Planning provided advice on the correct strategy to take and submitted an appeal that addressed the 7 reasons for refusal. As part of the appeal, some revisions to the proposed design were put forward, which the Inspector found to be acceptable and addressed Council's concerns sufficiently and, as they were only minor in nature, they could be accepted as part of the appeal process. The Inspector also accepted our arguments that although the proposed building was large, it replaced a significant existing building, which stretched across the whole site and ultimately the new building would not harm the character of the area or adversely affect the adjacent Conservation Area.
After several attempts and various proposals for the redevelopment of the Red Lion PH, Fosters Booth, near Towcester, ClearView Planning has successfully obtained planning permission for the development of 3 houses on the pub's large car park with minor alternations to the pub building.
When an initial application to demolish the existing building and build 5 houses, the owner listened to the views of the local community and South Northamptonshire Council, and revised their scheme. Planning permission has now been granted for the retention of the pub and for the development of 3 houses on the large car park. The project required a lot of negotiation with the Council to ensure that the design of the proposed houses was acceptable and would complement the surrounding village.
Working with the owners of the site alongside their preferred developer, ClearView Planning Ltd was instructed to provide a strategy for obtaining planning permission for residential development of the land adjacent to the Old Rectory in Aston Clinton. Various schemes were discussed over the years culminating in an outline application being submitted for 4 large houses to be accessed off London Road. The application was refused by Aylesbury Vale District Council for a number of reasons. The owners instructed ClearView Planning Ltd to appeal the decision, confident that there were material planning reasons to support the granting of planning permission.
It was necessary to overcome issues relating to highways and access, impact on the adjacent Listed Building and the general principle of development. ClearView Planning put forward a compelling case demonstrating that the development could take place without having an adverse impact on the neigbouring Listed Building and that the development was in line with the objectives of NPPF. Consequently, the inspector allowed the appeal.
The client was very much delighted, given the barriers put up by the LPA.
ClearView Planning was approached by Fluid Design Architects to assist them and their client Just Pubs Ltd to obtain planning permission for the redevelopment the Open Hearth Public House site in Corby. The pub was locally listed as an important building within the local area and the plans to redevelop the site had to be sensitively handled. The initial discussions were undertaken by Fluid Design and it was decided to put forward a scheme to convert the pub building with some minor alterations to create 7 flats and to build 2 houses in the car park.
After several discussions it became apparent that the Council was not in favour of the houses within the car park and the application was withdrawn. A subsequent application was submitted for the conversion of the pub building with a modest extension and alterations to create 11 flats. ClearView Planning provided the Planning and Heritage Statement and Design and Access Statement to justify the proposal along with advice to the client throughout the process. The pub is located in the Lloyds Conservation Area of Corby and was believed to be the first post Second World War licenced pubs in Northamptonshire. The main front elevation was largely untouched so as to protect the contribution the building made to the character of the area. In addition, the totem pole sign in front of the building was also proposed to be retained as a reminder of the history of the pub.
The Council approved the application and have subsequently approved a further application for the creation of 13 flats and the client is in the process of discharging conditions.
ClearView Planning was asked by Fluid Design to help them with a proposal to create a 9 bed extension of the Woodside care home near Luton. The building was located within the Green Belt and the building had been extended numerous times before. The Council had told Fluid Design that the proposed development would be unacceptable and special circumstances would need to be demonstrated to justify any further extensions to the property as they felt that the development would result in harm to the openness of the Green Belt and would result in unacceptable intrusion into the open countryside.
ClearView Planning worked with the architects to revise the proposed scheme to address the Council's concerns in relation to the adjacent property: as part of the submission it was necessary to justify the proposed extension and show it would not harm the openness of the GreenBelt or intrude into the open countryside. Despite it looking like a an easy application for the Council to refuse, ClearView Planning successfully argued that the proposed development would not intrude into the open countryside and would not materially harm the openness of the Green Belt. This argument, together with the special circumstances of there being a significant shortage of Care home bedspaces in the Local Authority Area, provided the justification for the proposed extension. Planning permission was subsequently granted in 2016.
Over the course of 2018 ClearView Planning has been involved in a number of projects to obtain planning permission for agricultural workers accommodation.
Instructed by the owners of Downton Fields Farm, ClearView Planning successfully secured temporary planning permission for the siting of a static caravan for a three year period. This will allow the owners time to demonstrate their farm is a viable business and a permanent permission for a dwelling on the farm can be permitted. The Council accepted that the need for the owners to be living on the site was justified and that the positioning of the proposed caravan would not cause harm to the open countryside. ClearView Planning will work with the owners to submit a full application in due course for a permanent dwelling on the site.
ClearView Planning has worked with the owner of a Livery business at Wharf Lane Stables over the past 3 or 4 years and successfully obtained temporary planning permission for the continued siting of a residential chalet used by the owner's family in connection with the livery business that required her presence on the site on a 24/7 basis. This temporary permission was granted to allow the owner time to compile full accounts to show the business was viable and sustainable and that there was full justification to live on the site. In November 2018 ClearView Planning successfully argued that permanent permission should be granted for the siting of the chalet building and convinced the Council that a CIL payment should not be applied to the permission as the chalet was existing and therefore not a new building in CIL terms.
Continuing the agricultural planning theme, ClearView Planning worked with the owner of a small farm holding to obtain planning permission for a new access and driveway and large barn on his new Field that is to form the hub of his farming operation.