BCP Council (Bournemouth area): Matt is pleased to have recently secured consent for a backland development in Winton, Bournemouth. The scheme was designed by local firm Anders Roberts Cheer for mutual client; Amirez Ltd.

A previous scheme for this site and thee neighbouring site was refused back in 2007 and subsequently allowed on appeal in 2008. The Planning Inspector concluded:
‘The proposed bungalows would be of modest dimensions and although plots would not be generous, they would both have some external amenity area. Generally, the dwellings in this area are not large and do not have spacious plots. In the local context, the 2 buildings in this secluded backland area would not in my view appear cramped and would not be harmful to the character and appearance of the area; there would be no conflict with Policy’

The granted dwelling to the rear of the neighbouring site was built out in accordance with the allowed
appeal however the allowed bungalow on this site was never built. The proposed dwelling under this application proposed a similar detached bungalow within a similar position as that allowed under application, albeit with changes to the proposed footprint, access and parking.

Given this history the appointed planning officer did not raise any concerns with the scheme deeming that:
• The proposed development would not be harmful to the character and appearance of the area.
• The proposed development would not have a detrimental impact on the living conditions of neighbouring residents.
• The proposed development would provide an acceptable standard of living conditions for future occupants.
• The application would not result in any highway safety or traffic implications.

The application was approved roughly in line with the 8 week target date.