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this decision issued on 12th December 2016, a deferred public inquriy that was due to restart on 14th December 2016 was withdrawn by the appellants for a site outside the BUAB of Ashington involving 5 yr housing land supply challenges, landscape, visual amenity and the setting of heritage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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Oliver and Eimear will only to be willing to assist.