We undertook a review recently. Now setting aside conservation area appraisals and assessments, village design statements and neighbourhood planning, we were surprised to learn that we have a 97% success rate with applications. With no frills or spills - its our 30 years plus experience, extensive knowledge of the planning process, legislation, expertise on heritage matters and good old common sense that brings measure and balance to client's aspirations and projects.
If you are thinking of embarking of a project - be that extending your home, altering your listed building, proposing a new dwelling or building, exploring a change of use or mixed use ... get in touch!
Short cold days and falling temperatures but not our workload! This last quarter of 2019 has taken us from Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex to Kent, Surrey, Essex and South London! We have worked on a variety of cases - extensions to dwellings; new individual houses; alterations/extensions/refurbishments of listed buildings; barn conversions; preparing supporting planning, design & access and heritage statements; neighbourhood planning projects and appeals including a 4-day public inquiry acting as the planning expert witness.
We have also been fortunate to work with great clients - other Consultancies, Local Planning Authorities, development companies and individual homeowners!
A number of our applications and those that we have been involved in have received planning permission and/or listed building consent, and are underway - sometimes we even get to see the results of our hard work.
The sad note was of course seeing the Claremont Hotel, Eastbourne in flames! After securing listed building consent for replacement windows with the last floor completed earlier this year, it is not a pleasant sight!
2020 will bring new challenges for us as we review where we are, what we do and how we grow, adapt and change!
In one of our earlier posts we announced we were taking The Conservation Studio under our banner. We have been cataloguing work stored on various computers, on back drives, CDs, and paper copies to ensure we have a record of TCS' work.
Having played a role in the improvements to Epsom's Market Place, we are looking forward to seeing the completion of the scheme and a more befitting location for the 'Evocation of Speed' bronze statue by the world-renowned equestrian artist, Judy Boy. It depicts Diomed, the winner of the first ever Derby in 1780 on one side, with Galileo, winner in 2001, on the other. Improved paving, additional tree planting, seating and signage .. Town centre improvements take time but the results are rewarding.
- Visiting family
- Spending time with friends
- Jury Service!
- Half term again!
But we have been working as well! Over the past few months we have been engaged in some major project work, submitted various planning and listed building applications across Kent, East and West Sussex as well as Hampshire, prepared supporting heritage statements, design guides and guidance etc. Now as the summer approaches, the pace is picking up. As our circumstance change .. do we re-brand? Change our image? Redo the website? Pondering ..