BCP Council (Bournemouth Area): Neil McKeon has recently won an appeal against BPC Council and secured retrospective planning permission for the erection of a detached annexe outbuilding to a rear garden on Watcombe Road, Bournemouth. The annexe was built to house a bedroom, kitchen and living space to the rear garden of the host property. The Council objected to the proposal, as the annexe was built larger than a previously approved householder application secured in March 2021, and refused the revised retrospective application. They claimed the revised building would harm to the character and appearance of the area and neighbouring amenity/privacy as result of the footprint and scale creating a “congested form of development”. Pure Town Planning was instructed to challenge the decision with an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate and justify how the larger annexe was policy compliant. The Inspector acknowledged the key reference points of our appeal statement, accepting that the building was comparable in both size and position to many examples in the immediate and wider context. The Inspector noted that the outbuilding would retain spaciousness to the host property and would not harm the character and appearance of the area. Furthermore, the annexe was judged to be acceptable in respect to its relationship to neighbouring properties – thereby safeguarding their amenity and privacy. This positive appeal outcome was welcomed news to the client after a lengthy application process with the Council. If you have recently been refused planning permission and wish to consider appealing the decision, then please call Pure Town Planning on 01202 585524, or email info@puretownplanning.co.uk to see how we can help you.