APPROVAL FOR THE ERECTION AND RE-SITING OF A REPLACEMENT DWELLING
Bloomfields has gained full planning permission for the erection of a replacement dwelling at a site located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Metropolitan Green belt.
Throughout the scheme, there was significant negotiation with the Local Authority regarding the level of landscaping, protection of biodiversity features and design impacts before the scheme was finally agreed and approved. The scheme followed a previous CLUED obtained by Bloomfields for the residential use of an existing building on the site.
Within the application, Bloomfields provided a strong case with supporting information to prove that the scheme would see a significant enhancement to the landscape through the re-siting of the replacement dwelling nearer to adjoining residential development.
CERTIFICATE OF LAWFUL EXISTING USE!
Bloomfields has successfully gained a Certificate of Lawful Existing Use on what may have appeared to many as a mobile home, to a static home. The importance of distinguishing this was the possible leverage needed to help our client to achieve a replacement dwelling on site.
This project highlights the effective use of statutory declarations and their standing with regard to proving the continued residential use over the last four years, whilst the way the application was framed allowed for the static home to be recognised as a single residential dwelling without any constraints to its use.
With our continued case monitoring, the Certificate was issued before the target determination date.
CHANGE OF USE OF A REDUNDANT AGRICULTURAL BUILDING INTO A DWELLING
Bloomfields has gained approval for the conversion of a redundant agricultural building to a single unrestricted dwelling house.
The approval followed significant negotiation with the Local Authority and East Sussex County Council regarding the highways and traffic implications of the change of use and re-use of an existing field access before a suitable scheme was agreed.
Within the application, Bloomfields provided a robust case with supporting information to prove that the new dwelling would be feasible within the existing structure.
CHANGE OF USE OF AN AGRICULTURAL BUILDING INTO ANCILLARY ANNEX ACCOMMODATION FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND INCLUDING A NEW FIRST FLOOR
Bloomfields has gained approval for the conversion of a redundant agricultural building to a residential annex within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The approval followed significant negotiation with the Local Authority regarding the design and the retention of the original rural character of the building before a suitable scheme was agreed.
Within the application, Bloomfields provided a powerful case with supporting information to prove that the annex would be a suitable use and the scheme was subsequently approved by members at Planning Committee.
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DWELLING AND ANNEX PROVIDED IN PLACE OF FORMER STABLES
Bloomfields were approached by a client to regularise the use of a stable block and associated barn and shipping containers as a dwelling house. A lawful development certificate (existing) was obtained for these buildings and their associated garden land and as a result, a residential unit was established on the agricultural land.
As the residential use had been established on the site, Bloomfields was able to submit a planning application with the Council to replace the stable block and outbuildings with a dwelling house to provide upgraded accommodation for our clients. This was approved without delay.
In order to provide accommodation for our clients’ children and to ensure the onward future care of our clients’ health, a lawful development certificate (proposed) was obtained for a mobile home to be placed within the curtilage of the main house as ancillary annex accommodation. This allows our clients’ son and wife to also reside on site and provide care for their parents.
EXTENSION AND CONVERSION OF DETACHED STABLE BUILDING TO FORM A SINGLE DWELLING HOUSE, ALONG WITH THE ERECTION OF ANCILLARY STABLE BLOCK
Full planning permission has been granted for the extension and conversion of a brick built, detached stable building to form a single dwelling along with associated curtilage area and the erection of an ancillary stable block. The site is within the countryside, outside the Limits to Built Development and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Within the application, Bloomfields provided a robust case that the building was capable of conversion and that the proposed alterations and extensions to the building could retain the rural character of the building, whilst also conserving and enhancing the visual amenities of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
OUTLINE PERMISSION GRANTED FOR INFILL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
After monitoring Local Plan policy closely, Bloomfields has successfully obtained outline planning permission for a new dwelling within the garden of an existing dwelling house.
Following previous planning and appeal refusals for infill development within the vicinity of the site, a change in Local Plan policy meant that this area was now suitable for residential development.
Having undertaken a positive pre-application enquiry with the Council to ascertain the suitability of the scheme, an outline application was quickly approved to provide a large family home.
RESIDENTIAL REDEVELOPMENT OF HISTORIC FARMSTEAD
Our client had a number of historic agricultural buildings that were no longer suitable for modern agricultural purposes and which were falling into various states of disrepair. Following a consultation, Bloomfields advised them of the potential for residential conversion to bring about a suitable re-use for the buildings; whilst unlocking potential economic gains or diversification for their business.
Bloomfields undertook a number of pre-application enquiries with the Council as to the suitability of the residential conversion and then the detailed design of the heritage assets and buildings.
Following on from these enquiries, Bloomfields provided a thorough supporting planning statement and historic farmstead analysis in support of an application for the farmstead conversion. Included in the submission was also alterations to the access arrangements to allow separate residential and farm accesses, as well as the extension to the existing main farmhouse.
Planning permission was approved for the change of use and conversion of a range of hopper huts and cook house, a former milking parlour as well as the conversion and extension of an oast house to provide more extensive residential accommodation. A modernisation and large rear extension was also approved for the main farmhouse.
The alternative access arrangements will allow the farming business to continue to prosper without impacting upon the new residential properties that will be created.
ACT NOW AS PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS ALLOWING A STORAGE TO RESIDENTIAL USE SET TO COME TO END
Following previous consultation, measures will be bought forward to support high streets and deliver more homes. There will be new and amended permitted development rights for change of use to office and residential and a permanent right to erect longer, single storey extensions to dwelling houses with a proportionate fee.
Despite previous intentions that were outlined, the right to change use from storage to a residential use using permitted development will not be extended and ceases on 10 June 2019.
Ministers intend to take forward a permitted development right to extend upwards certain existing buildings in commercial and residential use to deliver additional homes.
Engagement is taking place to consider the right to allow commercial buildings to be demolished and replaced with homes. The government is considering the design standards associated with the conversion of buildings to residential use to increase the standard of homes delivered.
The government has also published several new pieces of legislation in preparation for when the UK leaves the EU. These amend Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulation and legislation on the conservation of habitats and species.