May 2017


DLP (Planning) Ltd is pleased to have secured outline planning permission on appeal for a residential dwelling in Holymoorisde.

The application was originally submitted to re-establish the principle of a dwelling in this location after a previous permission had lapsed. Despite a recommendation for approval from Officers, North East Derbyshire’s Planning Committee refused the application alleging that it would have a detrimental impact on the amenity, health and well-being of the occupiers of nearby residents and adversely impact on the local character and distinctiveness of the area.

DLP (Planning) Ltd was instructed to submit an appeal against the decision of the Council. A comprehensive Statement of Case was submitted with the appeal which included an assessment of the proposals against the relevant policies of the Development Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework. The Statement demonstrated that development accords with the Development Plan and would make a small, but valuable, contribution to the Council’s housing supply. The Statement concluded that the development would not have a detrimental impact on nearby residents nor would it adversely affect impact the local character and distinctiveness of the area.

The proposals were supported by the Inspector who allowed the appeal and granted planning permission for the development.

Given the Council’s inconsistency in making decisions on the site, DLP (Planning) Ltd also submitted an application for a full award of costs against the Council. The application demonstrated that there had been no material change in circumstances since the original application had been approved and thus the Council had behaved unreasonably by not determining cases in a consistent manner. The application for an award of costs was also allowed by the Inspector who recognised that the Council had prevented and delayed development which should clearly have been permitted, having regard to its accordance with the Development Plan, national policy and any other material consideration.

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DLP (Planning) Ltd has submitted comprehensive representations to the recent consultation on the emerging South East Lincolnshire Local Plan (2011 – 2036) which closed on 22 May 2017. The Local Plan consultation was accompanied by a range of background documents, including a Sustainability Appraisal and Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which form the evidence base and have informed the preparation of the Publication Draft that the Council intend to submit to the Secretary of State for examination.  The Publication Draft details a figure of 18,675 dwellings houses to be delivered over the plan period in South East Lincolnshire.

Working alongside DLP’s Strategic Planning and Research Unit (SPRU), the representation critically reviewed the Sustainability Appraisal, the Infrastructure Delivery Plan and the Objectively Assessed Housing Need. The representation concluded that the evidence base did not provide a robust basis for the plan and in addition the plan fails to meet the full, objectively assessed needs for market and affordable housing in the housing market area.

The Plan simultaneously promoted a Sustainable Urban Extension to the east of Boston. Working alongside Matrix (also part of the DLP Consulting Group), Liz Lakes Associates and BSP Consulting the representation provided evidence that the Sustainable Urban Extension was available and suitable for development. The representation demonstrated that the site can contribute to the three elements of sustainable development and provide infrastructure items that would benefit Boston most in terms of future needs identified. An indicative masterplan was prepared by Liz Lakes Associates to demonstrate how the site could be developed, having due regard to the site specific constraints and opportunities.

Image courtesy of Liz Lakes Associates

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DLP Planning secures planning permission for 60 dwellings in London

DLP Planning’s London office, working in conjunction with Be1 Architects, is delighted to have secured planning permission for an outline development of 30 dwelling houses and 30 apartments at a site in the London Borough of Bexley.  DLP Planning and Be1 Architects were instructed by the Council, who are the owner of the site and which is currently in use as a public open space, and prepared a comprehensive planning application.

The site’s open space designation was a significant planning constraint and accordingly we prepared a detailed Open Space Assessment that analysed the levels of open space across this area of the Borough, taking into account the most recent census data to ensure the assessment was robust, and calculated that there was a surplus of this particular type of open space.  This, along with a number of other factors, allowed us to make a robust argument that the loss of open space was acceptable in planning terms and met the requirements of the Council’s Development Plan policies.

The design team undertook extensive pre-application discussions with the Council’s planning department and undertook a public exhibition to advertise the scheme in advance of the application.  The application was submitted in mid-March and was granted planning permission at yesterday evening’s Planning Committee, well within the 13 week deadline for a major development proposal.

We are very pleased to have helped our client secure this important permission for them, and look forward to continuing to assist them with their future development projects in the Borough.

John HelyarDLP Planning secures planning permission for 60 dwellings in London
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DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) in conjunction with Ivan Clarke and John Barrett Architects has successfully secured planning permission for six family homes in the village of Shenley, Hertfordshire.

The site is located within the Green Belt and the Shenley Conservation Area and this raised a number of sensitive design and heritage considerations. DLP were successful in discussing and overcoming these considerations with Council Officers.

DLP undertook early pre-application discussions with the local planning authority regarding the principle of the development in the Green Belt and the impact on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

The scheme evolved through a number of design iterations starting with a courtyard design and subsequently resulting in a linear form to reflect the pattern of development in the vicinity of the site.

The scheme as submitted provided a number of benefits including boosting the supply of housing in a rural village, enhancing the existing landscaping across the site, and improving the appearance of this part of the village.

The application was fully supported by Council Officers and received approval by Members at planning committee.

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DLP Planning secures Lawful Development Certificate in London

DLP Planning is pleased to have secured a Lawful Development Certificate for our client’s property in the London Borough of Lambeth.  The property had been converted from a single-family dwelling house into flats prior to our client’s acquisition.

For our client to further develop the site for additional dwellings this ‘unauthorised use’ had to be regularised before we could proceed.  Following discussions with the Council, the DLP team prepared an application for a Lawful Development Certificate including a detailed Supporting Statement, setting out evidence for the Council that the use of the building as self-contained flats had been in continuous existence for four or more years.

The Council accepted our arguments and granted the Certificate accordingly.

John HelyarDLP Planning secures Lawful Development Certificate in London
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DLP Planning pleased to be part of Clerkenwell Design Week

DLP Planning, London

DLP Planning’s London office is excited to be taking part in this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week.  Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet!  To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

Celebrating its 8th year in May 2017 (23rd -25th) the award-winning Clerkenwell Design Week has firmly established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and annually attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events. In 2016, the design community flocked to Clerkenwell with 34,973 attendees and over 300 exhibiting brands.

Why Clerkenwell?

Our London office has been based at its current premises in Clerkenwell since May 2015.  In the last two decades, Clerkenwell’s unique variety of buildings has been transformed into studios, showrooms and workshops, attracting architectural, design and creative practices. An environment for built design that and DLP Planning is excited to be part of.

Clerkenwell is truly London’s design district, which Clerkenwell Design Week celebrates.

Meet and greet

For this year’s event, we will be hosting seminars on the mornings of the 23rd and 25th May entitled ‘Design in the Planning Process’, and cordially invite people to book as space and join the debate.

Our offices are open throughout Clerkenwell Design Week. Please do drop in and meet the team. We would be happy to consider your town planning issues small scale or large and would be glad to discuss how we can positively shape the places in which we live and work.

All are welcome!

John HelyarDLP Planning pleased to be part of Clerkenwell Design Week
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Application Approved for 7 new dwellings in Mosborough, Sheffield

DLP (Planning) Ltd have secured outline planning permission for the erection of 7no. dwelling houses on land to the east of School Street, Mosborough.  The application follows previous permissions on the site and occupies land which was formerly associated with Vine Grove Farm.  The indicative layout provides 7no. properties including 4 no. semi-detached and 3 no. detached properties.   The layout reflects the organic character of neighbouring development and ensures that the majority of the trees and woodland area can be retained.

The planning application addressed level changes across the site and demonstrates that the site has capacity to accommodate seven dwellings whilst protecting its woodland and ecology features.  A proactive approach was adopted with the Local Planning Authority in order to present a proposal which demonstrates that a sensitive development can be achieved on the site which is reflective of local character, protects the privacy and amenity of neighbouring uses, preserves the woodland and ecology features of the site and accommodates the site topography.

The site is located centrally in Mosborough Village and benefits from an attractive landscaped setting whilst being close to local amenities.  The approved scheme will ensure the site is brought forwards for much needed housing to serve the local community.  The proposals were approved at committee by Sheffield City Council in April 2017.


dlpApplication Approved for 7 new dwellings in Mosborough, Sheffield
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Appeal Success in Harrogate

DLP (Planning) Ltd are pleased to have secured planning permission on appeal for construction of a earth bund and drainage lagoon in the Harrogate countryside.

Whilst the initial intention for the lagoon was to mitigate surface water run off from the extension of commercial premises, there was also an opportunity to use excavated material from the extension to create a landscape bund. During the course of the application, negotiations with the Council amended the landscaping treatment, reducing the bund to half its original height. Although this satisfied the Planning Officer, the Landscape Officer maintained an objection.

Despite the proposals being recommended for approval to members of Planning Committee, the recommendation was not followed and Committee refused the application. DLP submitted an appeal which included an assessment of the benefits the proposal brought about including:

  • Avoiding the need for 400 lorry loads of excavated material to be transported off site,
  • Reducing flood risk and controlling surface water run-off rates,
  • Providing extensive woodland planting and
  • Creating ecologically valuable habitat.

These benefits were supported by the Planning Inspector who upheld the appeal and has allowed the development to proceed. This decision saved considerable expense to the Appellant, which means that the commercial extension to his premises can commence resulting in further employment generation.

Image Courtesy of Weddles

dlpAppeal Success in Harrogate
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