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London Borough of Richmond

About the Project:

Appointed following the refusal of a prior approval to change the use to residential, we took the time to understand the clients’ aspirations for the site.  From this we were able to set out a detailed planning strategy for securing permission.

The previous use was listed as office, a heavily protected use in the Borough.  Based on a detailed analysis of planning history and other evidence we were able to demonstrate the lawful use was light industrial and storage.

Then utilising expert evidence, we demonstrated the commercial use was not viable while the harm in loss of industrial was outweighed by the proposed supported living scheme that would benefit Richmond Residents. The officer commented as follows:

“in light of the evidence presented, and in recognition of the benefits provided by the affordably rented supported living units proposed, it is considered that on balance the benefits in this instance outweigh the harm, satisfying Local Plan Policies.”

Project Highlights

  • Saving a deal following incorrect planning advice
  • Provision of four high quality residential units supported living
  • Reuse of a neglected town centre building
  • Section 106 to secure supported living as a form of affordable housing
  • A positive working relationship with various parties in the council including planning, adult social care, housing, legal and councillors

Client Testimonial

“Planning Insight have been instrumental in securing our hard-won planning permission – Peter’s in-depth knowledge of planning law and case study were key to persuading the council to accept our case, despite it being (on the face of it) contrary to policy. Throughout, Peter has built a good relationship with the planning officer, which led to helpful and constructive dialogue. Peter and his team have been very responsive to our regular questions and comments and they have been a pleasure to work with. We will happily continue to work with Planning Insight as part of our team.”

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