The small greenfield site, with a narrow frontage onto the main road, had been owned by our client for many years but they had felt it unlikely that planning approval would be granted.

The site proportions required a tandem development design and the standard visibility splay was unachievable.

Our team developed a good working relationship with the planning and highways department and proposed a development of three dwellings, a smaller bungalow to the front which was designed specifically for our clients’ accessibility needs and two larger houses to the rear which would be sold to fund the bungalow.

Unfortunately, due to the angled site boundaries, the LPA recommended refusal the scheme initially as it was felt the proposals did not accord with their Supplementary Planning Guidance. Confident of our chances at appeal, the application was allowed to be refused and a robust Grounds of Appeal statement was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Planning Inspector allowed the appeal and planning permission was granted for the originally proposed three dwelling schemes without further amendments or resubmission.

Project Challenges: Developing a bespoke Bungalow for two disabled occupants; adjacent to SAC area were Great Crested Newts prevalent.