Looking back we had a good 2019, ending on a high with the dismissal of an appeal for a retirement development in Arundel - the decision wasn't due til mid January 2020. Maybe PINs considered an early christmas present was in order after an intense 4 day Public Inquiry. We also delivered results for other clients both in the public and private sectors with extensions to home, new homes, alterations to listed buildings, mixed use schemes, barn conversions etc etc. Sometimes we led. On other occasions we were part of the team.
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.
Although we do have a base, using coworking hub spaces, be it hot desks, communal or shared offices, and break-out spaces has its benefits - socially and mentally. Its also good for business, meetings people from other professions and collaborating. skills trading .. even meeting new clients when they find out what you do. We have tried two hubs so far .... The article below is a useful guide to what's on offer in Brighton.
So we made the papers twice in one week - once in Northern Ireland and now in Sussex. The later spelt my name wrong ...... but it doesn't change the outcome. An existing Doctor's Surgery facing closure now has a new home in a vacant public house. Thumbs up for a positive decision for a new community use.
Our website will not be fully functioning for a little while .... we are in a process of change and a refresh! Horizons are changing as are our expectations and staffing requirements.
Being mobile is one of the benefits of working for Murphy Associates. We are experimenting with working from two bases - Hove and Newry. Today one of our employees is working out of 'The Hub Newry'. So far so good .. a short walk from our Newry home and in the City's Business Improvement District. Great space with cafe on the ground floor and a roof top terrace.
In the space of 1 month and life gets back to some form of normality .. which is rare, we have lodged 6 applications across the country; done the school sports day, caught up with friends; attended my graduation ceremony (10 months after hand in) having studied the MSc Historic Buildings course originally led by Eddie. Now in the process of merging the records of The Conservation Studio, hoping to continue the work of Chezel Bird and Eddie Booth. A hard act to follow! Hopefully we will do them justice!