Dorset Council: Neil McKeon has recently won an appeal against Dorset Council and secured planning permission for plot severance and the erection of a detached chalet bungalow in Ashley Drive North, Ashley Heath.

Pure Town Planning submitted the application, designed by ARC Architecture for land severance and erection of a 3 bed family dwelling. As the application site is located within the Ashley Drive/St Ives Park Special Character Area (SCA), the proposal was assessed against the 16 development criteria of the SPG. The Council deemed the proposal contrary to the rhythm and spacing of the SCA and having a negative impact on the character of the area.

Following a detailed assessment of the reasons for refusal, we advised that the decision should be challenged at the Planning Inspectorate level. Neil submitted a comprehensive appeal statement to demonstrate how the proposal was fully policy compliant, addressing the Council’s grounds for refusal.

The Inspector agreed with this assessment and determined that the plot severance would not disrupt the spatial relationship to the host property, buildings in the surrounding area, nor would it represent a contrived plot arrangement. The proposal was judged to safeguard the privacy and amenity of existing and future occupants and complemented the variety of built form in the area – confirming compliance with all development criteria of the Special Character Area. The appeal was subsequently allowed by the Inspector.

This was very welcomed news to the applicant and clearly vindicated the planning merits of the development for a new family dwelling in this attractive location.  

If you have been recently refused planning permission (including sites within the Special Character Area of Ashley Heath) and would like an appeal assessment, then call us on 01202 585524, or email to see how we can help you..