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Very special circumstances for house extension in the Green Belt

Clients came to Cameron Jones Planning following refusal of a previous applications for extensions to the front and roof of this dwelling overlooking the River Thames, within the Green Belt. The proposal was deemed to be disproportionate and would impact on the openness of the Green Belt. We submitted a new application with revised floor area calculations that included the loft space and adjunct outbuilding as part of the original dwelling size. Although the proposed scheme was still over the allowable Green Belt size increase, as dictated by Runnymede Borough Council’s planning policy, it would be smaller in footprint than the existing dwelling. We argued that the scheme would be less harmful to the Green Belt than the current situation. The Planning Officer accepted this argument and allowed the application under very special circumstances.

Application reference: 23/1225