Havant Borough Council: Pure Town Planning have just secured planning permission (they are coming in fast this month!) for two additional dwellings at Jubilee Road, Waterlooville, Hampshire. The latest addition to Pure Town Planning’s rapidly growing list of approvals in 2015 saw the original Victorian dwellinghouse spilt and extended to create a pair of semi-detached dwellings and the plot split to the rear to create a site for a new detached 3 bed dwelling.
Pure Town Planning were instructed when a negative pre-application response was issued by the Council in relation to the comprehensive redevelopment of the site, which consisted of demolishing the original dwelling and erecting 5 units on the site. To further complicated matters for the client an oak tree on the site was made the subject of a TPO during the pre-application process. It was clear to the developer that a fresh approach was required and Pure Town Planning were brought on board to sort out the site. Chris jumped straight to work and after assessing the site it was clear that the site had huge potential, but a sensitive approach was required to safeguard the existing house, neighbouring amenity and the protected oak tree in any future development. Chris produced several concept plans for the client and it became clear that the site had the potential to support two additional dwellings. The proposed plans were prepared by local architects; BH Architecture Ltd who on Chris’s advice devised a scheme to extend and split the existing dwelling into two units and to erect a new dwelling to the rear which sat comfortably on its plot, whilst staying clear of the rooting zone of the tree and avoiding overlooking into neighbouring properties.
The application appeared to be making its way through the planning process smoothly, with the case officer initially supporting the scheme, then with two weeks until the target decision date remaining a late consultation response from the Council’s Tree Officer threw a spanner in the works and the Tree Officer recommended the scheme be refused as he was concerned the dwelling to the rear would cause pressure to prune the protected tree in years to come. Upon receiving this consultation response, Chris sprang into action and began negotiating with the Tree Officer to secure a way forward. After listening to his concerns, Chris reduced the size of the building and reoriented the internal arrangements of the house to ensure that proposed house could work in harmony with the protected tree. Amended plans were submitted to the Council and the Tree Officer withdrew his objection, and planning application was subsequently granted by the Council.
Now planning permission has been granted, Chris is working hard with the Council to discharge several pre-commencement planning conditions, to ensure development can commence in the spring.
Pure Town Planning continue to demonstrate that where proposals are appropriate to their context, development on garden land is alive and well. We believe that our continued success is down to a good understanding of the context of the site from the outset and getting the plans right prior to submission, together with a comprehensive supporting planning statement and constant liaising and negotiation with the necessary officers at the Council.