Upton Poole Purbeck residential planning permissionPurbeck District Council: Pure Town Planning have recently obtained planning permission on behalf of a well-known local developer for the demolition of an existing two bedroom bungalow and the erection of  a mini cul-de-sac development consisting of five large dwellings. The development site is in Upton which lies just outside Poole but in the Purbeck District Council area.

Pure Town Planning were heavily involved in the lead up to the planning application, commenting on preliminary concept designs and layouts in order that once the application was submitted it had the best possible chance of being approved. However securing planning permission is not as easy as we make it look – this application process was not without its hurdles.

Following a concern with regards to overlooking and overbearing impact raised early on by a neighbour, Matt worked closely with the planning officer to alleviate this concern reducing the  height of one of the properties and siting it further away from the mutual boundary to increase the spacing between the properties and remove any opportunity for overlooking or overbearing impact. Once this had been overcome the Town Council raised concerns with regards to potential over development of the site. We set to work creating a density analysis of the site and surrounding sites. The proposed density of the development equated to 23 dwellings per hectare. We successfully demonstrated that this level was more in keeping with properties within the immediate locality than that of the existing dwelling.

So we managed to get the planning officer to a point where there was a recommendation to grant on the table, but then as it was a scheme for five or more dwellings within the settlement boundary of Upton, Purbeck District Council’s rules are that the scheme must be determined by planning committee. Matt presented a strong deputation to the Planning Committee and convinced the Councillors that this was a great opportunity to provide new family dwellings that lie within the urban settlement boundary, in close proximity to local shops, services and schools and of a design and form which would not detrimentally impact on the character or appearance of the immediate locality.

In terms of design, considerable time was spent at the start of the process ensuring that this scheme would be in keeping with the variety of dwelling designs within the site locality. The traditional scheme was designed by local architects; Footprint Architects. All the new dwellings had good quality facing brick walls under clay tiled pitched roofs and timber windows and doors. The traditional design and form proposed incorporated a high level of architectural detailing including ornate chimneys, brick arched lintels and masonry cills to the windows and canopy porches. This resulted in the proposal making a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the area.

If you are planning a housing development and are looking for a firm with a fresh approach and a proven track record of successfully negotiating solutions to planning problems then we would be delighted to assist you. Call us today on 01202 585524 or email us at info@puretownplanning.co.uk  to take advantage of our confidential FREE half hour consultation offer. What have you got to lose?

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