With their children now grown-up and adults in their own right, the substantial family home was now too large for our clients.
Considering what best to do, we investigated several possibilities with ou clients but ultimately settled on trying to achieve planning permission for the conversion of the property into self-contained apartments.
The adjoining property had long been used as a hotel, which presented opportunities as well as limitations for the scheme. The other neighbouring property remained as a single dwelling.
A robust justification, including appropriate and sympathetic design, was submitted to the Council, which minimised external changes to the appearance of the property. Careful consideration of the parking requirements and main living room orientations was key to negate any harm to the amenity, including overlooking, of the neighbouring residential property.
The scheme was approved by the Council, following further justification regarding affordable housing requirements, which it was successfully argued should not form part of any Section 106 contributions.