Prior to DHPC’s involvement, the applicant received a refusal notice from the Local Planning Authority alleging that the proposed first floor extension was disproportionate for a dwelling in the Green Belt, the impact upon the character and appearance of the area would be adverse, and the proposed outbuilding would be used as a separate dwelling.
Following the refusal DHPC was instructed to appeal the decision and challenge the process. The outcome was a convincing win, with the Planning Inspector awarding costs against the Local Planning Authority for unreasonable behaviour.
To enable that outcome DHPC prepared robust and comprehensive planning arguments supporting the scheme. In terms of design, the Inspector said “the massing of the dwelling would be articulated by the employment of different materials and a roof terrace which would achieve a well-balanced front elevation”. In respect of the outbuilding, the Inspector said “the assertion that the proposal was tantamount to the erection of a new dwelling was vague, generalised and in the absence of any supporting evidence, inaccurate”.