DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) is pleased to have resolved an enforcement case for our client Bulldog Steel Fabrications Ltd via the approval of a retrospective planning application. The clients operations represent a long established successful local business that employs local people. DLP undertook an appraisal of the commercial operations of the premises and the site’s constraints, which included flood risk and sensitive countryside and residential boundaries.
In accordance with Planning Practice Guidance, DLP sought advice from Council officers to establish a positive dialogue and a way forward, including site meetings and informal pre-application discussions. Following successful liaison with the Council, an application was submitted setting out that the buildings were commensurate to commercial operations and were essential to the continued viability and improvement of the business, which supports the local economy through local employment and services. It was also argued that the proposals would not increase the intensity of the site nor create any statutory nuisance through noise or disturbance.
The Council accepted that the proposals although retrospective would improve the efficiency of the operations and the site and help mitigate the otherwise unrestricted operations of the site. Therefore on balance reasoned that the application would accord with the aim of supporting economic growth whilst respecting the built environment and approved the application.
DLP continue to act on behalf of the client on improving the site’s commercial operations for future applications to ensure that the needs of the business can be met.