An upsurge is commissions and contracts has meant that Murphy Associates are working in collaboration with a number of consultancies and sole practitioners, on an agreement and contract basis.
We have found that our team enjoy the ability to work on their own, as part of a team but also flexibly without having to go to an office every day due to advances in technology.
More details of our collaborations and additional hands will be placed on the website at the appropriate time.
This is the first time we have had to contact another professional to inform them that our images are subject to copyright. Its not that we would not have given consent but we were not even approached, let alone given any credit for them.
We already copyright our drawings but it now means that even in supporting statements we will have to make sure a copyright clause is included and added to the tag for each image.
Although based down on the coast, we have been busy with projects in different parts of the country - from Brighton to Bournemouth to various parts of Kent, London and Leicestershire! Working with the clients' local architect Louise, Eimear on planning and heritage, and Oliver on visualisations, we have put together a quality design for a new dwelling in a Leicestershire village conservation area.
We are hoping members will agree with the Officer's positive recommendation and a family can have the home to meet their existing and future needs.
It might have taken a while to get there but it was worth it. Committee members unanimously agreed Officers recommendation to grant permission for a bespoke well designed scheme to provide 6 flats in a popular area of Brighton. IWe had to commend BHCC Officers for working with us but the proof is in the pudding as they say. Committee members and Officers agreed it was an attractive scheme and will provide quality accommodation.
Despite over 4 hrs at Committee it was worth it!! Very happy clients! More details to follow - we just have the minor matter of a s106 agreement to complete!
We delivered good news to clients on their applications just in time for Christmas.
Clients in Mid Sussex have now achieved the increased size of home that they have been working on for quite a few years. From an initial approval of a small extension, then approval of a larger extension, we now have a full loft conversion. Also thanks to the pragmatic decision making of Mid Sussex District Council and their efficiency during the process.
Clients in Sevenoaks now have permission for the much needed competition size menage! We hope to see her rise through the ranks when her menage is constructed and ready to use. Again, another efficient service from Sevenoaks District Council.
And hopefully in 2015 there will be more positive decisions in the pipeline - some long awaited, others just recently submitted and others in the pipeline.
As well as preparing planning and listed building application with all the relevant reports, we are also able to offer both 2D and 3D visualisations of your proposals. For one project we produced a series of 3D images to explore how a listed building on a tight urban site could be extended without causing harm to the heritage asset. On another we prepared images to show a client how we could change the interior of their home without extending and we even gave the owner of a redundant pig sty some room for inspired thought. Have a look at some of our images. Using the latest software we can even produce 'walk-throughs' to provide an 'experience' of the development, internally and externally.
Email email@example.com for more details. Oliver and Eimear will only to be willing to assist.
We have been working on a scheme for new flats in a sustainable location in Brighton's popular residential area. Yes there are objections but amended plans should address those 'material' concerns! It will be a committee decision so next week will determine the future of a longstanding bespoke musical instrument provider. A 'no' means its demise. A 'yes' it's survival!!
After being successful on appeal and receiving approval of the window detailing, residents in a flatted block in the South Cliff Conservation Area of Eastbourne now finally will get new and improved Rehau Heritage Sash Windows - double glazed uPVC, protecting them from the elements and improving the quality of their homes. Lets hope the work can get underway soon!!
Building upon a previous success in gaining planning permission for a Game Farm and a new storage building in the Kent countryside, the Murphy Associates team put forward a sound business plan demonstrating a clear functional and financial need for the manager/worker to live on-site for a three-year period in order to establish his business on this new site.
On Bonfire Night it was all fireworks with opposition from the local parish council, a tense debate about the nature of the business, the site, hindsight. The justification was accept by the very firm Rural Advisor. The Head of Development Management was firm but fair in his defence of the proposal.
After a good 50 minutes - the vote! Ashford Borough Council Planning Committee members voted 9-5 in favour!
This decision was hugely important. We have a very happy client who now has 3 yrs to prove that his business can and will be successful!
"Thanks for all your hard work!"
Thats good enough for us! We also have to thank the Case Officer and DM team for their justified support.
Unaware of flats not having permitted development rights, work on a ground floor extension had progressed to the point where the Enforcement Officer was alerted to the case and we were called in! Summer holidays, out of the country or not, our Associate Planner and Part II Architect prepared the submission with efficiency and speed.
And thanks to BHCC who determined this case well ahead of the statutory 8-week time-frame, allowing the owner and family to enjoy their extended home and beautifully extended kitchen with relief.
Enforcement case closed!
Closing statements were issued by both the Appellants and the LPA and the Public Inquiry is now closed. It will be interesting to see how the outcome of this case given that Further Environmental Information (FEI) was required as a result of the approval of the Rampion Off-Shore Wind Farm. It will now be for the Inspector to issue her decision on the 3 turbine case, unless Eric Pickles MP decides to call this one in under recovery procedures. Only time will tell!
Murphy Associates acted as the Expert Planning Witness with Philip Russell-Vick of Enplan acting as the Expert Landscape Witness with Scott Lyness of Landmark Chambers as Barrister.
An unfortunate error in a decision notice when first approved meant the new owners had to re-apply for the same 'approved' LDC in order to ensure the correct description was provided. However, the LPA concerned accepted the error and agreed that no fee was payable and fast-tracked the LDC through to determination. Now the City can benefit from 12 more improved self-contained units of accommodation!
Home is a boat for some of our clients and we now can be assured that their home on the water keeps them off the land. A tricky one with difficult issues to grapple with, apart from ropes and moorings, but the subject boat - no not the one in the photo - can now stay alongside the mother ship.
Took a while but the outcome was a nail-biting positive.
Thinking of utilising the Green Deal initiative to make energy improvements in your Listed Building? But may not be sure how this may affect your building?
The Green Deal is a government backed scheme that allows property owners to undertake energy saving methods without an initial upfront cost. The repayments are made through your electricity bill. The energy saving options are:
If you own a Listed Building then are more issues to consider, for instance, will the improvements affect the character and appearance of the building, its historic fabric, its performance and ability to breathe and the need for Listed Building Consent.
We at Murphy Associates are able to offer advice to Listed Building Owners either pre or post the Green Deal Assessment on areas of improvement as well as issues to consider. Once an assessment of the significance of the building has been carried out and the impact of the proposed Green Deal initiatives on significance, this information can form part of a Heritage Statement to accompany an application for Listed Building Consent.
If you are thinking of this initiative then contact us for more advice!