BCP Council (Bournemouth): Dan Wilden is pleased to have recently won an appeal against the BCP Council obtaining retrospective planning permission for a number of air-conditioning units at a hotel in the East Cliff Conservation Area of Bournemouth.

The Council felt that the units were harmful to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and refused a retrospective planning application for the retention. Our client sought the advice of Pure Town Planning and we suggested they had nothing to lose by appealing the decision. At appeal we were successfully able to pursuade the Inspector that there was no such harm. The Inspector found:

“The host building is large and consequently, given the substantial scale and proportions of the hotel, the air conditioning units do not appear unduly prominent or of particular note. Furthermore, in the context of the functional rear elevation the air conditioning units do not appear visually jarring, unsympathetic or incongruous. Rather, the units sit comfortably within what is clearly the rear of the hotel amongst other utilitarian elements of this commercial building. Indeed, commercial paraphernalia of this type is to be expected on the functional elevation of such buildings.”

The Inspector therefore granted planning permission for the units.

If you have a commercial development which has been turned down by the Council why not speak to Pure Town Planning about the prospects for an appeal?