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.
We are constantly looking at ways to improve the website, reduce the amount of text but allow you to get a good flavour of our services and skills base. Since we started revamping and updating and adding project information, our viewing rates have been improving on a weekly basis! And we now get more clients using our online 'Contact Us' facility.
We have now moved to office premises in the centre of Hove. A little bit chaotic but time stands still for no-one! Boxes!
It’s unfortunate when a homeowner discovers that Listed Building Consent is indeed required for certain internal alterations when ‘a’ realtor advised them that the listing only related to the outside! However every cloud has a silver lining! The Murphy Associates team was engaged by a Kent-based planning consultant to produce a Statement of Significance/Compliance. In-depth historic research was undertaken revealing the history of a Grade II listed building, uncovering evidence to support works that had been undertaken in the past prior to listed and works which fell into the category of 'repairs'; justifying new works albeit retrospectively BUT more importantly averting enforcement action.
If the Certificate of Lawfulness for Proposed Works to a Listed Building has been in place before events unfolding then a definitive answer could have been issued to avoid this type of situation occurring. A lesson learnt the hard way.
More reforms came into effect on 6th April 2014 as a result of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 along with changes to the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. The changes include:
If you require further information of the above matters or wish to progress a review of a list description, Certificate of Lawfulness or a heritage partnership agreement, contact us at email@example.com
As previously blogged the latest round of changes to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) 1995 that came into effect on 6th April 2014, brought with it further relaxations in favour of residential conversions.
4 new use classes of permitted development were introduced which allows the change of use of existing retail/office and agricultural buildings to dwellings. There is also provision for the conversion of agricultural buildings to state-funded schools or nurseries allowing more sensitive commercial activities in rural areas as well as the change of use of A1 retail units to A2 financial and professional services such as banks, building societies and credit unions.
In addition, the change of use from an agricultural building to a dwelling can benefit from building works that are reasonably necessary in respect of the conversion.
There are of course conditions that need to be met including a prior approval notice to the Local Planning Authority. And the changes are not allowed across the board. The burden is therefore on the applicant/landowner to demonstrate that any technical issues arising such as flood risk, transport and highways impact, noise and land contamination would be acceptable.
Controls have also been put in place to ensure that those buildings that have already benefitted from a change of use or conversion to a dwelling under new Classes IA or MB do not benefit from permitted development rights under Classes A-E of the GPDO and would therefore require planning permission
Should you wish to progress proposals and are not sure if you can benefit from the change to the GPDO we are here to help and advise.
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