Planning Insight tasked with obtaining planning permission for the change-of-use, of the basement to a short term accommodation property in London.
Following previous refusals for residential accommodation in the basement, on grounds of the quality of accommodation and loss of retail. The team sought to provide short term accommodation, which does not need to meet the relevant standards for residential development.
A big challenge was the need to overcome the objection in principle to the loss of retail. We quickly established that a previous application and implementation had in-effect, already subdivided the ground from the basement through severing the access. The separate basement therefore was of no use for retail purpose, leaving the most efficient use of the land to be a commercial short term letting unit. The application was refused by Westminster. However, we pursued the case to appeal, confident of securing consent for the client.
The Council also raised concerns over the mix of short term let and longer residential at upper floors.
We successfully secured permission on appeal for the development, with the Inspector agreeing that the subdivision had already taken place and the loss of retail was acceptable. The Inspector also accepted the management plan to deal with potential conflicts between short and longer terms lettings.
- Securing a consent for client which otherwise would have been wasteful storage space.
- Establishing a short let in a council that strongly resists.
- Appeal win maintaining 100% record in City of Westminster.
“We are delighted with the strategy that Planning Insight established and their tenacity in securing permission for us have had many years of unsuccessful attempts with other consultants”.