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!
And two positive decisions received and three new submissions - and the holiday never started! Plus Eimear has been assisting a group to establish themselves as a heritage amenity group in her limited spare time.
Working closely with the clients and planning officers, Murphy Associates secures planning permission for a new 600 sqm building and change of use of the land in connection with the relocation Canal Game Farm to its new site in Smarden, Kent.
Approval of conditional details on materials and joinery puts extension and repair works to a listed building in East Grinstead back on track. Hopefully now we will see some rapid progress with the improvements to the Bookshop and the delivery of two new units of accommodation as part of a bespoke development.
Another happy client!
"At last some good news. Thank you for all your hard work, patience and persistence."
Due to a request from the Planning Inspector for further information following the recent grant of permission for the Rampion Off Shore Wind Farm, the Public Inquiry for the Shepham Wind Farm, Polegate has been adjourned until early October.
Now back to my other work!!
Last night Mole Valley Councillors voted unanimously in favour of a new forest nursery at North Lodge, Ashtead, despite strong local opposition against the proposal on highway safety, parking and heritage grounds.
Although concerned about these issues and having listened to the information and points made, MVDC Councillors considered that this was an excellent application for a much needed nursery to serve Ashtead - 'a unique nursery', 'a wonderful facility', 'well positioned' and a site 'ideally suited to provide a nursery'.
The Applicant was praised for taking account of the concerns of the LPA and other agencies such as Surrey Highways. She has been searching for 2 years to find the right property and has been working on proposals for this site since late Summer 2013.
Finally when weighing the benefits in the balance, subject to conditions including a travel plan, the recommendation to grant was agreed by all 16 members. She went home saying 'Miracles do happen .. we did it!!!'.
And to Murphy Associates - 'Thank you just doesn't cut it!'
Murphy Associates have just completed the second letter of representation on behalf of two local (as in Newry) amenity groups against proposals to demolish important buildings within the Conservation Area and adjacent to key listed buildings. We added the planning and heritage voice behind the groups' concerns and set the objections firmly against policy considerations. Now we all await the outcome of the consultation process and hopefully proper and meaningful engagement with the DOENI planners and developers.
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