HEATHFIELD SHOW SUCCESS!
Bloomfields attended the Heathfield Agricultural Show on Saturday 25th May 2018. This is an annual event and is one of the largest agricultural shows in the South East. It show cases top quality animals from Hereford beef bulls to bantam hens and over 20,000 visitors flock to see the animals and browse the craft tents and stalls that sell local produce and products. It was a great opportunity for Bloomfields to connect with local farmers and the stand was busy greeting old, current and new clients, offering home-made cakes, sausage rolls, sandwiches, with a range of beverages to wash it all down with. The weather helped tremendously with the sun shining all day, so a good day was had by all. Thank you to everyone who came along.
We are pleased to congratulate our Technical Drawing colleague Rob Adley, who has been (as of May 2018) admitted as an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. This is another indicator of growth and good progress being made. Well done Rob!
LARGE EXTENSION APPROVED TO FORMER HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION
Bloomfields has been granted planning permission for the erection of a large extension on a former holiday let conversion. The scheme included a significant increase in floor area at the property and allowed for the creation of a more usable internal layout than previously available.
Within the application, Bloomfields provided a strong case with supporting information on the design and why this was suitable at this rural location within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
CERTIFICATE OF LAWFUL USE ISSUED FOR COMMERCIAL USE OF STABLE
Bloomfields has obtained the unrestricted B2 commercial use of a former stable building and the associated yard through the submission of a Certificate of Lawful Use at the site.
Within the submission, justification and evidence for the building use and yard was compiled and succinctly demonstrated to the Council that the use had been in place in excess of 10 years and was justified within the comprehensive accompanying statement.
APPLICATION FOR THE CHANGE OF USE OF A B1a OFFICE AND A FORMER HOLIDAY COTTAGE THROUGH THE REMOVAL OF THE RESTRICTIVE CONDITION, TO CREATE ONE SINGLE DWELLING HOUSE WITH OUTBUILDING
In order to maximise the development potential of a site, Bloomfields advised their client to review the restrictive holiday let condition that was imposed on the building. Bloomfields subsequently sought planning permission for the removal of the previously imposed condition through a change of use application, in order to allow the unit to be occupied as an unrestricted residential unit.
The careful drafting of a robust supporting statement and demonstration that the condition was no longer reasonable or necessary in view of current national policy was crucial to this application’s success.
CHANGE OF USE OF AGRICULTURAL BUILDING TO B1 (BUSINESS)
Bloomfields has obtained approval for the change of use of a former agricultural building to B1 (Business), using the Class R permitted development rights.
Within the application, Bloomfields provided a detailed case with supporting information to prove that the conversion was feasible and the works could be carried out without the need for major rebuilding, therefore its use could be changed to a light industrial business use.
PLANNING AND LISTED BUILDING CONSENT FOR EXTENSIONS TO LISTED BUILDING
Bloomfields has been granted planning permission and Listed Building Consent for the erection of two extensions at a Grade II listed dwelling house.
Within both the planning application and Listed Building Consent, Bloomfields provided a well reasoned case with supporting information and justification on the requirements for the construction of the extensions, and addressed why the design of the development was suitable in terms of heritage significance, within this rural location.
SIGNIFICANT PLANNING CHANGES CAME IN LAST MONTH WHICH INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES TO ADD VALUE AND EXPAND
Many will be aware of opportunities previously available under “Class Q” to convert agricultural buildings to residential units. Well last month the threshold of opportunity increased from providing up to 3 dwellings to up to 5 dwellings. The extent of floor area available for conversion has also increased and this provides a greater prospect of maximising unit sizes (or using this as leverage to propose an entirely new build residential scheme). So, whether you are yet to explore the Class Q potential or have already done so and are hungry for more; exciting times lie ahead to capitalise on your assets.
Readers will more than likely be familiar with using the 28-day Prior Notification procedure that has been in place for some time to allow farmers with a holding of over 5ha to apply for agricultural barns of up to 465m2 in size. Well the situation just got a whole lot bigger and better, with size thresholds being increased to a 1,000m2.
But, approach both with caution as the order of events is as important as ever and utilising one of these new changes can preclude the ability to use the other in the foreseeable.
Amongst others, further changes came in which also relate to the ability to change storage units to residential uses!
PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED IN AONB
Planning permission has now been granted for a new commercial storage complex in the Kent countryside and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The development will consist of 12 new flexible storage units comprising a total of 2230 square metres and 4425 square metres of associated hardstanding. This will be in addition to the existing commercial storage building on site, providing multiple employment opportunities within this part of the countryside in West Kent. The impact of the development will be offset by landscaping and ecological provisions, and shall incorporate appropriate drainage installations.
CONVERTED HISTORIC BUILDING PERMITTED FOR EXTENSION
Our client was initially granted planning permission for the conversion of this historic former stallion box into a dwelling. The building had historically been used for the stabling of a Derby-winner. The conversion of the building to a house was therefore granted on the basis that it could be achieved with minimal alterations and would lead to an enhancement to the immediate setting, and would have no adverse effect on the Ashdown Forest. Given the uniqueness of the building, the Council had been minded to impose a condition which prevented any further alterations or extensions to the building.
However, Bloomfields has worked with the Council to ensure that this building can be extended in a manner which is sympathetic to the original form of the building and the Council has now agreed that the proposed extension would be in accordance with the development plan, and there is not any material considerations which indicate that it should be considered otherwise.