Firstly Swift got planning approval for a substantial replacement dwelling in the Green Belt. Getting planning permission for substantial development within the Green Belt can sometimes be a bit tricky but this development sailed straight through under delegated powers. I put together a Design Statement in support of the application which outlined the volume of our proposed development in comprison with the existing and all the relevant planning policies to demonstrate to the planners that we have a good knowledge of what we can expect to get approval for and help them in looking at the relevant places in their own UDP. Just over eight weeks later and I had better get on with the Building Regulations drawing!
Secondly and about time to! Swift has at last, got planning for a two storey side extension that the planners were concerned would make the row of semi detached houses look terraced. Sometimes the planners want side extensions that are two storey to be set back up to 2m so that if next door did the same extension the street would not end up up looking like a row of terraced houses but the client wanted the floor area to be maximised. Other houses in the street had been extended in the manner my client wanted but were ever so slightly different as they were going round corners and a lengthy debate with planners began as it appeared that precident had been set. Eventuually it became clear that due to the other plots of the same house type being at angles to each other and my clients being in a straight run, that my client would not be able to extend in the same manner. With a bit of redesigning and another chat to the planner a slight compromise in headroom has meant that the client has now got planning for the floor area he wanted.