Northern Ireland 's planning powers transferred to the 11 super councils in 2015. Over 2 years on generally the process had bedded in but there are still some niggling issues to be ironed out. Nevertheless, at Murphy Associates we are encouraged to see that the process is working.
It is encouraging to see so many planners returning to Northern Ireland to take up planning positions in the super councils and bringing with them experiences of the processes and procedures from England, Scotland and Wales.
We work throughout England, Northern and Southern Ireland. We work for Local Authorities on specialist and complex projects, change and performance management, public inquiries and prosecution cases. We also work for private companies and individuals assisting with planning submissions and supporting statements, guiding clients through the maze of planning and the complex issues that each case can bring. We also provide a drawing service and access to a wide range of consultants that can be brought on board where required.
With the processes now operating in Northern Ireland, we are well-placed to act as planning agents and consultants on a wide range of planning matters.
.Eimear Murphy of Murphy Associates and Eddie Booth of The Conservation Studio combined efforts to produce the draft Eastbourne Town Centre and Seaside Conservation Area Appraisal celebrating the area's special architectural and historic interest as well as its uniqueness.
Our next area is in Kent so what this page for further updates.
We work throughout the UK - from the South Downs to South Down and have the best of our two locations.
Working in collaboration, Murphy Associates and Arthurs Planning & Development (APD) and with legal input from Geoff Johnson, secured a Certificate of Lawfulness for the use of an outbuilding as a self contained dwelling.
The outbuilding, in the countryside, became home to a West Sussex family 4 years prior to the application and this was proven in the evidence produced and content of Statutory Declarations.
A case where the LPA Officers took time to consider the facts of the case, were understanding and yet allowed Murphy Associates and APD to address any doubts.
A successful outcome all round and happy clients!
Although you may not see us on the ground, we are already acting for a number of private clients on planning cases in Northern Ireland. In fact, we have been providing advice and planning services to clients since the millennium when Eimear was working in Dublin as a Planner/Urban Designer!
We have been successful in obtaining planning permission for a new detached house with stables and menage in the Green Belt around Newry; quashing Enforcement Notices and securing the retention of a bespoke Agricultural Engineering Business in Armagh; advised on the removal of an agricultural occupancy conditions; alterations to Listed Buildings, Agricultural Dwellings.
We currently represent clients - either as applicants or objectors - with ongoing cases and have employed a Planner to assist in our growing case load.
So it's with this space!
Eddie Booth of the Conservation Studio and Eimear Murphy presented a joint experience of 'Lessons Learnt from Public Inquiries' at a joint RTPI/IHBC Event on the 'Setting of Heritage Assets' in Canterbury on 10th May 2017.
It was well attended with interesting speakers including the Chair, Martin Small of Historic England;, Canterbury's Heritage Champion - Cllr Robert Thomas; Dr Andy Brown, Historic England; Karen Britton of Canterbury CC and Richard Knox-Johnson of CRPE SE Region.
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After a long protracted process, we finally obtained planning permission for a Kent family to remain in their home within the grounds of the rural enterprise - albeit tied by a personal condition and temporary.
We now have to address more pressing matters before reviewing the position.
The Developers for a site at Sandgate Nurseries, Henfield, were successful in challenging the lawfulness of the Henfield Neighbourhood Plan but failed to achieve success following a public inquiry on their own site for a residential scheme which fell outside the Built Up Area Boundary. .
Secretary of State, Javid concurred with the Inspector on the recovered appeal and refused appeal for redevelopment of the former Sandgate Nurseries, He noted that the planning authority could demonstrate a five-year supply of housing sites. He agreed with the inspector that the scheme was not in accordance with the development plan overall.Javid concluded that a number of matters weighed against the proposals in terms of harm to the landscape character and appearance of the area and the setting of a listed building. Crucially, design issues surrounding the scheme also proved a key factor in its refusal.
The decision letter can be read here.
Murphy Associates acted as an expert witness for Horsham District Council on hertiage matters on this case. The Inspector agreed that less than substantial harm would be caused to the heritage asset - not as high as the defedant's evidence but nonetheless not as inconsequential as presented by the Appellant's witness. commenting that assessing the impact of a development on setting "should not be a matter purely of percentages but of the quality of the surrouding land.".
On the back of this decision issued on 12th December 2016, a deferred public inquriy that was due to restart on 14th December 2016 was withdrawn by the appellants for a site outside the BUAB of Ashington involving 5 yr housing land supply challenges, landscape, visual amenity and the setting of heritage assets including a non-designated parkscape, Murphy Associates also acted as an expert witness in this case and provided evidence earlier in the year.
A successful outcome for clients when their appeal against Mid Sussex District Council for a garage with accommodation above was allowed. One of the key issues for refusing the application related to whether the development would preserve the setting of the grade II listed buildings that once formed a farmstead and harm to its remaining rural setting despite the LPA acknowledging that it had already substantially compromised.. The Inspector agreed with the stance in our appeal statement stating that:
"Accordingly I find that the new building would not look out of place within the grounds of the listed buildings, given that those grounds now have a very domesticated appearance. That domestication being the product of these heritage assets’ evolution from agricultural buildings in a farmland setting to residential premises in a heavily built up area ... and I am therefore not persuaded that this development, given its scale and siting, would result in an unacceptable loss of the garden setting to these heritage assets.''
Led by Chris Saunders Associates, planning permission was finally received for the conversion of redundant farm buildings in the Kent countryside, Green Belt and AONB for B1 offices. Some of the buildings included the original surveying courtyard ranges which where later adapted with the infilling of the former courtyard. Members voted 9-3 in favour of the scheme.
After receiving Listed Building Consent for the removal of unauthorised Upvc double glazed windows, the first phase of replacement with Slimlite Double Glazing, manufactured by Ventrolla is complete. The phased work allows the hotel to plan ahead without causing too much disruption to business and at the same time improving the appearance of the listed building and its enjoyment by tourists.
A challenging project but a worthy and successful outcome with a balanced approach adopted by the local authority.
With Eimear back at University as a part-time student, we have been flat out since last September - work, clients, studies, family life. We have been working on some exciting projects and seen some schemes come to fruition.