MODIFICATION TO S106 LEGAL AGREEMENT
Bloomfields is pleased to report the successful modification to a legal agreement which had been imposed on the use of a residential property. The application was required to allow the full and unrestricted use of a former farmhouse associated with an agricultural holding.
In preparing the scheme, Bloomfields was able to demonstrate to Officers and the Council’s legal team that the original reasons for the legal restriction were no longer valid or appropriate.
COVERED AREA ALLOWED FOR FRUIT TRAY ASSEMBLY AND THE COMPACTION OF WASTE
Approval has been obtained to erect a building of over 900 square metres between two existing buildings. This will provide an area to house workstations to assemble fruit trays and boxes which will form part of a larger fruit packing line. The building, which is also designed to accommodate a waste compaction unit, will serve the growing need of our client’s business, whilst helping to reduce vehicle movements to and from the site.
CHANGE OF USE OF FORMER ANCILLARY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING TO A SEPARATE DWELLING HOUSE
In order to maximise the development potential of a residential property, Bloomfields advised their client to review the restrictive condition that was imposed on an ancillary building at the site. Bloomfields subsequently sought full planning permission for the change of use to allow the unit to be occupied as an unrestricted residential unit.
The careful drafting of a robust supporting statement and demonstration that the original condition was no longer reasonable or necessary in view of current national policy was crucial to this application’s success.
EXTENSION TO RECENTLY APPROVED RESIDENTIAL UNIT
Bloomfields is pleased to report that planning permission has now been granted for the extension to a recently allowed residential unit. This scheme followed an earlier approval obtained by Bloomfields which lifted the restricted use of the building from a holiday let to a separate dwelling. The site is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and so careful consideration of the design implications was required.
In preparing the scheme Bloomfields was able to clearly demonstrate to Council Officers that this scheme would not result in any greater harm to the character and appearance of the landscape.
USE OLD FIGURES!
A consultation from Central Government on 24th October has told us to use figures from 2014 to consider housing, and not 2016. Why? Because it appears the use of the 2016 figures would result in less houses coming forward than the 2014 figures (which would see several local councils removing housing sites otherwise considered for allocation!). This consultation comes ahead of forecast change to the National Planning Policy Guidance expected at the end of January, giving the Government time to backpedal! This is welcome news for house builders and landowners (and for some councils who probably don’t want to further prioritise sites!).
BLOOMFIELDS ARE THE 2018 RUNNER-UPS AT THE RURAL BUSINESS AWARDS
What an amazing evening we had at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking on 23rd October. We were delighted to accept the Runner Up prize for Best Rural Professional Services Business in South East England, having just been pipped to the post by a business communications company . A huge WELL DONE to the Bloomfields team whose hard work and dedication has resulted in such a great achievement for the company. And of course, a big thank you to all our clients who make this possible.
NATIONAL FRUIT SHOW 2018
Showcasing the industry’s cream of the crop, this year’s National Fruit Show was the place to be in October! Whilst Lambert & Foster sponsored the Comice pears class, Bloomfields were pleased to sponsor one of the Long Term Storage Classes. Tom Ogden, Director at Bloomfields and a Committee Member of the Show attended the successful event, which gave him the opportunity to catch up with clients old and new. Unknown to Tom at the time, he also helped the Chair of the National Fruit Show to pack fruit for Downing Street and The Queen!
Onwards & Upwards!
Bloomfields Drawing Technician Rob Adley ACIAT is pleased to be attending his graduation from the University of Kent in November this month, following his completion of a Higher National Certificate in Construction Management. Rob is also currently working towards his Associate Designation with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and his TCIAT designation with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. Congratulations Rob!
Bloomfields sponsor local event
Bloomfields and Lambert & Foster were proud to be involved in supporting the Cranbook Literature Festival 2018 which was a huge success.
It was a two day festival resulting in an increased volume of visitors to the town, which all helped to boost the local economy.
The next festival is scheduled for September 2020 so one-off literary events are hoped to be organised in the interim.
APPROVAL FOR NEW DWELLING TO REAR OF PROPERTY
Bloomfields has obtained full planning permission for the erection of a detached dwelling with associated parking within the rear garden of a residential property.
Within the application, Bloomfields provided a strong case with supporting information to prove that the new dwelling would remain in keeping with the rural character of the local area by retaining many of the trees on the site, some of which are protected by TPO’s.