Dorset Council (Dorchester area): Chris Miell is thrilled to announced that he’s secured planning permission for the erection of a replacement dwelling in Dorchester.

The application site is located on Coburg Road, near to the Dorchester town centre. It is occupied by a single storey bungalow from the interwar period, which is in a poor state of repair.

Prior to our involvement, the applicant submitted an application for the erection of a replacement dwelling, which was unfavourably received by local planning authority who expressed concerns about the bulk, scale and massing of the dwelling and its impact on neighbouring amenity. Therefore, the application was withdrawn by the applicant.

We were appointed to analyse the Council’s previous concerns and work with local architects SPASE Design to advise on the production of amended plans. Prior to submission, Chris met with the applicant and their design team and put forward several suggestions to reduce the massing of the dwelling and improve the overall appearance of the building, without undermining the client’s aspirations to create a large dwelling suitable for multigenerational living. This included the provision of a separate annexe to the rear of the main building.

To support the application, we prepared an in-depth planning, design and access statement which set out the merits of the proposal in a clear and concise manner and demonstrated to the local planning authority that the replacement dwelling would have an acceptable impact upon the character and appearance of the area and living conditions of neighbouring occupiers, whilst preserving highway safety.

Upon consideration of the application, the Planning Officer was supportive of the scale and design of the new dwelling, but minor changes to the material palate were requested. We negotiated with the Planning Officer on behalf of our client and SPASE prepared amended plans, which were subsequently approved by Council.

In assessing the proposal, the Planning Officer concluded “This resubmission has addressed concerns raised previously with regards to design (size scale & massing) and now sits more comfortably within the street scene. The site is outside the Conservation Area (which wraps around this section of Coburg Road); the proposed replacement dwelling which now sits more harmoniously in the street scene would not result in harm to the setting of the Conservation Area.”

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