BCP Council (Bournemouth area): Matt Annen is delighted to have secured planning permission for a severance of an existing plot which fell within the Meyrick Park & Talbot Woods Conservation Area Conservation Area and the erection of a new 4- bed dwelling family house designed by LMA Architects.

The application followed two previously refused applications for similar plot sub-divisions. With a re-designed dwelling and siting we were able to address previous concerns in respect of impact on trees, overlooking of neighbouring properties, and the previous highway concerns. However the principle of plot sub-division in this Conservation Area was still fiercely objected to by the Conservation officer.

PTP prepared a robust supporting Design, Access, Planning and Heritage Statement which comprehensively put forward the argument that because this revised scheme reduced the footprint of the proposed building by 25% when compared to the refused scheme and now only represented a 15% plot
coverage, together with increased landscaping and noting other plots nearby of comparable size the proposed scheme would respect the characteristics and sylvan appearance of the conservation area. We also stressed that the because the Council are so short on their housing supply the officer should apply the “Tilted Balance”. The officer in arriving at his favourable recommendation confirmed in his report:

Therefore, with the tilted balance of NPPF paragraph 11 in mind for this residential led development (the previous development did not engage this tilted balance), the adverse impacts of the proposal in terms of the plot subdivision and close siting to neighbouring properties will not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits provided through the provision of new housing in a highly sustainable location, contributing to local housing need as well as the improvement to the appearance of the street scene and removal of the current security issues. The proposal will therefore achieve the economic, social and environmental objectives of sustainable development, as set out in local plan policies and the provisions of the NPPF and is recommended for grant of planning permission”.

If you have a site which has a negative planning history of refused applications/appeals, why not contact Pure Town Planning to see if we think that with a fresh approach and perhaps a revised strategy we can unlock the development potential.