The client wanted to add a basement extension and a lightwell to their property within a Conservation Area. Although there were several examples of lightwells along Reighton Road, the policy regarding lightwells in the borough was very specific and given the site constraints, a policy compliant lightwell could not be achieved.
A pre-application response concluded that the development was unacceptable in principle.
To create a detailed submission for a proposed large basement and lightwell, presenting a clear justification for the acceptability of the proposal given the context of the street and site constraints
to achieve planning permission.
We worked with the appointed architect to design a scheme that was acceptable in policy terms and similar to other approvals locally.
This entailed preparing a detailed planning statement setting out the policy justification and precedents in the area, as well as reviewing the architects design and access statement to ensure a consistent planning application.
With Planning Insight managing the entire application, from its inception to submission and through to a decision, planning permission was successfully granted.
Following extensive discussions with officers and despite significant local objection our application was approved without the need to go to planning committee. Following the approval, the team were able to secure further increases to the internal floor space, with the most recent approval for a large three double bedroom dwelling. The team’s local experience and tenacious negotiating skills were crucial in securing our permission and I cannot thank them enough.
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