Richmond Upon Thames
Rear extension of the lower ground floor and partial extension of the ground floor level.
This site had a long history of trying to gain permission for the change of use of the office building (last used in 2000) into residential. Due to a change in the parking restrictions there was no longer an objection on parking grounds. I sought a legal opinion from a barrister from 39 Essex Chambers to support the application. and consent was granted for 2 applications – one for change of use into 2 flats and one for change of use into 1 house.
I was contacted by the owner of a flat who moved into her property in 2012 but at the time the developer had not discharged any of the conditions attached to the original permission dating from 2011. I applied to remove a number of the conditions as they were no longer applicable and to provide details for the materials, refuse, cycle parking and car club membership. All details approved.
Planning permission granted within 8 weeks for a new house to replace a 1960s outdated dwelling with no financial contribution towards affordable housing. I advised and assisted the architect on what supporting documents were required and liaised with the case officer to gain permission within 8 weeks.
I have been involved with this property for a number of years and following another refusal from the LPA, the Inspectorate allowed our appeal to extend the dwellinghouse with a modest first floor extension to enable a bathroom to be located on the first floor. A really good result.
I advised the owners of the building to gather evidence to prove beyond doubt that the building has been used in the same way for more than 10 years. We were issued with a Certificate of Lawfulness to demonstrate the existing use is lawful.
I was involved at design stage with the architects and owner of the house to advise on extensions to a detached dwelling all within permitted development rights. I submitted two applications, one for a single storey side/rear extension, two-storey rear extension, new window on first floor western side elevation and removal of chimney on western side elevation and another application for a hip to gable roof extension, rear dormer roof extension and installation of new window to front gable. Both applications were approved within 4 weeks of submission.
Following a refusal of planning permission by LBRUT, I drafted the appeal statement to justify the development. Planning permission has been granted on appeal for first floor extension and alterations to external elevation to ground floor. Replacement windows to facilitate the change of use from B1(a) office use into a mixed B1(a)/C3 live/work unit. The Inspector found the design to be acceptable and there to be no harm to neighbour’s amenity.