Planning Appeal

Planning Appeal submitted for the change of use from two flats to one house – Thames Ditton

We was instructed to draft the Grounds of Appeal following refusal of permission by Elmbridge Council for a building to change from two very dilapidated flats back into a dwellinghouse, for which it was originally constructed and is on a road of other dwellinghouses.  We argued that the revision of the property from two flats to a single family dwellinghouse would secure several benefits in terms of improvements to the interior of the building, demand for on-street parking, cycle parking, energy and waste refuse/recycling storage. There would be some streetscene benefits by converting this building back to its original use and a family dwelling would be provided in this sustainable location in walking distance to shops, doctors, schools, public transport and other amenities.  The environmental benefits and improvements to the living accommodation would outweigh the small amount of harm form the loss of one small unit. Further, it would provide a much needed 3 bedroom dwelling which the Council has indicated there is a need for in the borough.

Pending decision

Permission on appeal – Residential extension with rooflight and flue – Mortlake

We were instructed to write the appeal statement following refusal of a first floor rear extension to a locally listed building within a conservation area.  The Council had previously approved a first floor rear extension and the new proposal was 30cm wider which the Council had refused.  The Inspector agreed with our argument that the new extensions would not have a materially different effect on the character and appearance of the area, the site as a BTM, or neighbouring BTMs, to that of the previous approval.

Success – Appeal Allowed against refusal for expansion of dental practice in Sunninghill

We submitted a planning application for the change of use of a small shop unit into a dentist to expand a successful business in the heart of Sunninghill. The Council refused it due to potential harm to the vitality and viability of the shopping centre.  In March 2018, we submitted an appeal this was allowed in January 2019. The Inspector agreed with our argument that the new dentist would not harm the vitality of the shopping centre. 

Appeal allowed for extensions and change of use to a live/work building in Twickenham

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. 

Dormer roof extension approved on Appeal to a flat in Twickenham

We were asked to write the appeal statement for an appeal against the refusal of the erection of a dormer roof extension on the rear roof slope and roof to outrigger and to increase the pitch of roof of the outrigger. The owner said “Thanks very much Fiona for all your help, we are very pleased. To be honest I didn’t think we’d get it after what Richmond Council said”.