|Application Type: Appeal Allowed – Costs Awarded|
|Development Description: Large Detached Dwelling Extended and Renovated|
|Local Authority: Buckinghamshire Council|
Fuller Long assisted with a successful appeal against the non-determination of a planning application for extensions and alterations to a house in Buckinghamshire.
Our client had been trying to secure planning permission for quite some time when we were instructed to prepare an appeal statement in support of the scheme. The Council considered the building to be a Non-Designated Heritage Asset (NDHA) known as a Locally Listed building and following a change of Officer partway through the process, their internal conservation advice shifted and stance was toughened in opposition to the proposed extension and alteration of the building.
Our team created a detailed heritage appeal statement, which exposed the inconsistencies and errors in the Council’s handling and processing of the application and in their identification of the building as a Non Designated heritage Asset (NDHA), including our own assessment of its significance through historic research and map regression.
Our appeal statement clearly demonstrated that the proposals would be proportionate in scale to the building, sympathetic to its character and would retain elements of agreed significance. The proposals were also proven to not cause harm to the character and appearance of the surrounding Conservation Area due to the position of the building on the site, its orientation and the high levels of screening along the site boundary, nor to the setting of a nearby Grade II listed gate lodge.
Furthermore we were also able to demonstrate that the Council had acted unreasonably in relation to elements of the appeal process and were delighted that the Inspector eventually presented our client with a partial award of costs in addition to positive planning permission.
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