BCP Council (Bournemouth Area): Neil McKeon has recently won an appeal against BCP Council and secured planning permission for the erection of a detached annex on Hengistbury Road, Bournemouth.

The annex replaces an existing double garage and provides living accommodation for the appellant’s dependent relative in the form of separate kitchen/dining room, bedroom, bathroom and office. The plans, designed by Now Architecture, increase the footprint and scale of the existing garaging, whilst echoing the original envelope of development to safeguard the streetscene and neighbouring amenity.

The LPA refused the application in January this year – considering the design, scale and footprint to be excessive and not ancillary to the host property, thereby resulting in an out of keeping and cramped development.

Pure Town Planning were instructed to challenge the decision with an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to justify the policy compliant nature of the new annex. The increased footprint and scale were assessed and the Inspector was satisfied that the larger annex would remain subservient to the host property and would not appear cramped or inappropriate in respect to the character and appearance of the area. The Inspector accepted the case put forward that the annex would still share a degree of dependency on the host property and subsequently allowed the appeal – which was very welcomed news to the applicant’s family following the initial refusal by 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.