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.