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OUTLINE PLANNING PERMISSION FOR 9 APARTMENTS, ST GEORGE, BRISTOL

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) have secured outline planning permission for the erection of 9 new apartments in St George, Bristol. Working with Wotton Donoghue Architects, on behalf of Sampson Developments Limited, the proposal will see the erection of a high quality three storey residential block on underutilised land adjacent to Argyle Morley United Reformed Church.

One of the key considerations that needed to be addressed during the planning process was the location of the vehicular access, due to the site’s proximity to existing road junctions and two pedestrian refuge islands. It was also important that the building was set back in order to preserve the outlook from the neighbouring Church’s north-east facing windows.

The application was decided by the Council under delegated powers. DLP have been retained by the applicant to submit a full planning application for a larger 10 dwelling scheme.

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Image credited to Wotton Donoghue Architects

 

John HelyarOUTLINE PLANNING PERMISSION FOR 9 APARTMENTS, ST GEORGE, BRISTOL
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Planning Permission for UPVC Double Glazed Windows in the Stewartby Conservation Area

DLP Planning Ltd has secured Planning Permission, on behalf of the Sir Malcolm Stewart Bart. General Charitable Trust, to replace the existing timber single glazed windows with slim profile UPVC double glazed windows on a number of properties across the Estate within the Stewartby Conservation Area.

The site comprises part of an open plan estate that was designed in the early 1950’s by the renowned architect Sir Albert Richardson and historically provided housing for the retired workers of the London Brick Company and their descendants. The site now also provides housing for a general population over the age of 55 years.

The Conservation Officer expressed concerns in relation to the use of UPVC and the impact it would have on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area. However, with support from the Parish Council and the local Ward Councillor, DLP were able to successfully demonstrate to the Planning Committee that the proposed slim-line heritage style window would replicate the detailing, design and proportions of the original windows and would be almost identical in appearance.

The proposal also provided a number of benefits to the residents of the Estate and which includes eliminating draughts and providing a warmer and more comfortable living environment. In addition, the proposed windows are easier for the residents to operate as they don’t swell and stick like timber windows do.

The decision has been welcomed by the Trust and whose viability was threatened by the cost of continual repairs, maintenance and up-keep of the timber windows. The residents, many of whom have very limited incomes, will benefit greatly from the improved insulation and reduction in their heating costs.

Kerry TitmusPlanning Permission for UPVC Double Glazed Windows in the Stewartby Conservation Area
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Full Planning Permission for Green Belt Conversion and Extension, Alveston, South Gloucestershire

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) have secured full planning permission for the conversion and extension of a single storage building within the Green Belt. The storage building was originally constructed as part of a recent planning permission to rebuild two separate outbuildings into a single building for the storage of gardening equipment. Following this approval, DLP successfully argued that, due to the subsequent development of other areas of the site for other dwellings, the storage building was now surplus to requirements and could therefore be converted to a dwelling. Furthermore, through positive discussions with the Case Officer, DLP were able to secure a sufficiently sized extension to the side of the property allowing for the creation of an additional bedroom and balcony atop, accessed via the living space.

They key concerns revolved around development within the green belt, discussions with the local authority over what is considered to be within the residential curtilage, avoiding a nearby root protection area and delivering a sizeable extension which accorded with local policy.

The application was decided by the Council under delegated powers having passed through the Council’s circulated schedule process.

 

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Kerry TitmusFull Planning Permission for Green Belt Conversion and Extension, Alveston, South Gloucestershire
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Planning Permission For Two Self-Build Dwellings In The Green Belt Won On Appeal

DLP Planning Ltd have successfully secured outline planning permission on appeal for two self-build dwellings in the Green Belt in Frogmore, St Albans.

The Council’s refused an application in October 2018, holding the view that the scheme did not consitute limited infilling as per the Framework, and would be harmful to the openness of the Green Belt.

The Inspector rejected the Council’s case and agreed with the arguments put forward by DLP that the appeal site forms part of the village and represents a well defined gap enclosed by built development. The Inspector therefore concluded that the appeal scheme did represent ‘limited infilling’ and as such would not be inappropriate development in the Green Belt.

The Inspector also found that the subdivision of the site into two plots would be consistent with the existing pattern of development, and the number of dwellings proposed would amount to ‘limited development’.

This is an important appeal decision and reinforces the approach to ‘limited infilling’ in the Green Belt as laid down by the Courts.

DLP Planning has a proven track record of achieving planning permission in the Green Belt for our clients.   If you would like to enquire about our services, please get in touch.

Kerry TitmusPlanning Permission For Two Self-Build Dwellings In The Green Belt Won On Appeal
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42-56, Tottenham Road

DLP Planning Limited have successfully secured planning permission from Hackney Council for the proposed change of use from a warehouse (use class B8) to commercial use (use class B1c) at 42-56, Tottenham Road, Hackney.  The existing property was vacant and had previously been used as a trade warehouse. It was considered a change of use to Class B1c use would make the most productive use of the building, which falls within a Priority Employment Area.

The site raised a number of sensitive design considerations, such as how to make efficient use of the building whilst protecting the amenity of neighbouring residents and the De Beauvoir Town Conservation Area in which the site is located. The proposal will see minimal changes to the exterior of the building, therefore resulting in no adverse impact on the character or appearance of the Conservation Area. Class B1 uses are considered to be appropriate in residential areas so the proposed B1c use is considered to be compatible with the residential neighbours in near proximity and also reflects the majority of established employment use in the near vicinity.

No objections were raised by members of the public and the application was decided by the Council under delegated powers. The Owner’s Commercial Agent, Savoy Stewart are confident of an early letting.

John Helyar42-56, Tottenham Road
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Outline Planning Permission for 8 apartments, St George, Bristol

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) have secured outline planning permission for the erection of eight new apartments in St George, Bristol. Working with Wotton Donoghue Architects, on behalf of Sampson Developments Limited, the proposal will see the demolition of a derelict community hall and the erection of a high quality three storey residential development.

The key concerns during the planning process revolved around proving that there was no longer a need for the existing community building and ensuring that there would be no overlooking or loss of light due to the proximity of neighbouring buildings. DLP submitted sufficient evidence to demonstrate when the community use of the site had ceased and that there had been no interest in its re-use by community groups.

The application was decided by the Council under delegated powers earlier this week. DLP have been retained by the applicant to submit the subsequent reserved matters application and to discharge the conditions.

Image credited to Wotton Donoghue Architects

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Central Bedfordshire Local Plan – Examination Hearings

The Public Hearing Sessions for the Examination in Public (EiP) of the Regulation 22 Central Bedfordshire Council Local Plan are set to begin at 10am on Tuesday 21st May 2019, running until Thursday 25th July.

DLP Planning Ltd will be in attendance for many of the scheduled Hearing Sessions representing a number of clients further to representations made throughout the Local Plan process. The Hearing Sessions will be conducted around 15 key Matters and a range of questions pertaining to each Matter under the guidance of the Inspectors Matthew Birkinshaw and Helen Hockenhull.

DLP has consistently made representations that the housing numbers proposed by Central Beds Council are not meeting the full objectively assessed needs for the area and we will be representing clients with concerns over the spatial strategy and the selection of strategic sites.

The Duty to Co-operate has been a consistent issue within Central Bedfordshire, which saw the previous Development Strategy withdrawn in 2015 and similar concerns have been raised again through this EiP process. Other important areas of discussion are likely to include Green Belt releases, the provision of small and medium site allocations for housing, Important Countryside Gap policies and the identified locations for future growth.

John HelyarCentral Bedfordshire Local Plan – Examination Hearings
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Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 – Examination Hearing Sessions

The Examination in Public (EiP) Hearing Sessions for the Bedford Borough Local Plan 2030 are due to begin on 29th May at 9:30 with Hearing Sessions running until 26th June. The Hearing Sessions will cover 13 matters ranging from legal compliance, housing requirements and the spatial strategy, through to individual allocations and policies of the plan guided by the Government appointed Inspectors Malcolm Rivett and Anne Jordan.

DLP will be present across these Hearing Sessions having responded to a number of consultations over the course of the Plan’s development, which started back in 2014/15. DLP continues to raise concerns over a range of different aspects of the plan including the level of housing which the Council aims to deliver, which DLP consider both falls short of a full assessment of housing need and relies on a number of sites with question marks over their delivery.

DLP will also be challenging the Council’s late decision to shorten the timespan of the new Plan to 2030 whilst also deferring all site specific allocations outside the urban area to future Neighbourhood Plans for allocation. This approach provides little certainty of sites coming forward and will delay the delivery of much needed market and affordable housing in the short-medium term, particularly in rural areas.

Once adopted, the plan will form be the key policy document against which Planning applications in the future will be determined, so DLP will be seeking to ensure that it has been prepared in the correct manner and in accordance with national policy and guidance.

John HelyarBedford Borough Local Plan 2030 – Examination Hearing Sessions
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Full Planning Permission for three dwellings in Nailsea, North Somerset

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) have secured full planning permission for the erection of three new dwellings in Nailsea, North Somerset. Working with We Are Not Architects, on behalf of ORMU Properties Ltd, the proposal will see the demolition of an existing bungalow and the development of its large garden.

The site raised a number of sensitive design considerations, such as how to make efficient use of the land whilst protecting the amenity of neighbouring residents and avoiding the root protection area of a large tree which is also subject to a Tree Preservation Order.

During the course of the application, a Local Councillor raised an objection to the scheme on residential amenity grounds. However, DLP were able to demonstrate that the proposals met all of the Council’s required separation distances and secured the support of the Case Officer

The application was decided by the Council under delegated powers last week.

Image credited to We Are Not Architects

dlpFull Planning Permission for three dwellings in Nailsea, North Somerset
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Planning permission won on appeal for three dwellings in the Green Belt at Aspley Guise

DLP Planning have won planning permission on appeal for the development of three large detached dwellings on Green Belt Land in Aspley Guise Bedfordshire. The permission follows an earlier approval on the same land, also secured by DLP, for two dwellings based upon the development’s compliance with Framework policy on limited infilling. The LPA  refused the later application on both the scale of development, three dwellings not being in their view limited infilling, impact on openness and harm to the character and appearance of the area. These arguments were rejected by the Inspector, who also made a partial costs order.

 

dlpPlanning permission won on appeal for three dwellings in the Green Belt at Aspley Guise
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