We obtained Outline Planning permission, following protracted planning negotiations (and a previous refusal (by others)), for a substantial 160 bedroom extension to an existing hotel in the North East of England, subject to a number of planning conditions that were felt to be onerous, including placing restrictions on the site that had not been there before the planning approval and in relation to the protection of the adjoining Green Belt. The conditions also placed unnecessary control on the construction method of working as well as on the height of development.

A written representation planning appeal was submitted which successfully argued each point and prevented substantial costs and limitations of the future reserved matters application and construction phase.

The planning inspector commented that the proposed conditions were not necessary, not reasonable, misleading and did not meet the tests required for planning conditions, including that of precision and clarity.

Project Challenges: creating an interesting facade using modular construction and repetitive hotel room windows. Transport Assessment commissioned to provide a reduced parking requirement to achieve a higher density of bedrooms. Height restrictions due to proximity to Newcastle Airport.

Project Achievements: Additional 5% increase in bedroom numbers from the previously refused applications. Additional 60 parking spaces achieved.