The Mango Tree was formerly a two-storey detached building (latterly converted to use as a restaurant with staff accommodation above) occupying a prominent position in the Crowthorne Conservation Area. It benefitted from planning permission to convert to flats but subsequently proved to be structurally unsound. DLP obtained permission to demolish and rebuild in 2017 to provide 5 residential units and the demolition took place. However, it was deemed unviable to implement the permitted scheme and since that time, the applicant has sought to design a proposal that can viably be constructed.
A proposed mixed-use scheme, which comprised the provision of a children’s nursery with residential accommodation on the upper floors, was deemed by Officers to be overdevelopment of site. A subsequent application for 10 flats was also considered to raise design objections and was refused.
A post-determination meeting was held with the Council to seek advice on whether they would accept a scheme for 8 residential units. Whilst the Officers were still hesitant with this, the client and DLP progressed a carefully justified planning application submission.
A number of objections and issues were raised regarding access and turning, traffic impacts, amenity space, a sustainable drainage system (SuDS), waste and recycling facility storage and the impact on trees. DLP worked closely with the Council and the client to provide further information addressing these concerns and, in addition, secured support from the Council’s heritage consultant.
Planning permission was subsequently granted by Committee (in October 2021), and DLP are now working with the Council and the applicant to progress the Section 106 Agreement.