Dorset Council: Hot off the press! Matt is ecstatic to have secured planning permission late last night for the demolition of an existing house and the erection of a contemporary flatted building consisting of 7 apartments in Ferndown (opposite old Porsche Garage now Tesla) which was innovatively designed by The Design Board for clients Ikonic Homes.

This scheme followed a previously refused application consisting of a larger building of 9 flats. That was refused on multiple grounds; excessive scale and siting, resulting in a cramped and congested scheme which was considered harmful to the verdant and spacious character of the area. As well as creating a detrimental impact on neighbouring amenity by virtue of overlooking and visually overbearing.

Following this previous decision, we sat down with our clients and the architects reviewed the case officer’s report and worked up a scheme which we felt would address the previous concerns whilst still delivering a viable scheme for a contemporary flatted building which made a statement on this prominent corner location.

During the planning process, further hurdles were thrown at us by the Council in the form of; impact on trees, Biodiversity and surface water flooding all of which we were able to suitably address via the provision of additional consultant reports and amended plans. The officer concluded in her report:

The apartment development is reduced in height, width and depth from previously refused scheme. It is set in from both Roads and the mass and bulk of the building is reduced. It is considered that the building would not dominate the corner plot. Amenity for future residents is good and there would be no demonstrable harm from overlooking or loss of light at neighbouring properties. Significant amenity space provision will ensure the development is not cramped and a meaningful replanting scheme is agreed. It is considered the design of the development is of high quality and is compatible with its surroundings in line with CS policy HE2 and paragraph 130 of the NPPF.

If you have a site which may have potential for a flatted residential redevelopment or perhaps a history of refused schemes, we’d be happy to take a look and let you know our thoughts on whether there could be a way forward with a fresh approach. Give us a call on 01202 585524 or email to see how we can assist you.