It has been another successful week at Globe, with planning permission being granted for a residential development within the village of Middle Rasen and an appeal allowed for the conversion of an inner-city Nottingham single home to two separate dwellings.
In Middle Rasen, Globe worked on behalf of a local developer and successfully demonstrated that the application site was clearly located within the established village boundary and as such represented an appropriate location for development in the eyes of the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan. Despite this, there was a level of local concern raised regarding the susceptibility of the site to flooding, and so Globe was able to ensure that the development had been located and designed in such a way so as to improve the surface water drainage conditions on the site. In addition to this, Globe held extensive discussions with West Lindsey District Council in order to reiterate that the development would not negatively impact the existing ecological conditions on the site, with the Council granting full planning permission for the erection of seven dwellings upon receipt of this information.
Over in Nottingham, Globe had been asked to review an unsuccessful application (reference: 19/002244/PFUL3) which had been made to Nottingham City Council seeking to change the use of a single four-bedroom home to that of two separate dwellings. Originally refused by the Council on the basis that the proposals represented that loss of a ‘family sized home’, Globe became involved at the appeal stage and successfully demonstrated to the Planning Inspector that the scheme would still provide a three-bedroom ‘family’ home as one of the dwellings. This interpretation of a family home was consistent with Local Plan policy, and, given the property is not afforded with a great deal of outdoor amenity space, Globe considered that restricting the use of the property to a single-family dwelling would not represent its most efficient use. The Inspector agreed with this view and allowed the property’s conversion to two separate dwellings (one two-bed and one three-bed) on the basis that this would retain the family sized accommodation whilst also adding a further dwelling to the city’s housing stock.
Though these two cases involved different residential schemes in different areas of the country, we think these outcomes show the key role we play for our clients by applying our specialist skills and experience to manage the planning process, negotiating and tailoring the information provided to councils and the Planning Inspectorate to maximise the chances of a successful outcome.