- Private gypsy site, Minsterworth
The difficulty in applications for private gypsy sites is that there is always strong resistance from members of the local community to such proposals even though travelling families have been in the vicinity sometimes for several generations.
Essentially what is required, as in the Minsterworth case, was the identification of land that had a previous use but was well related to existing services, i.e. schools and health care.
The new National Planning Policy Framework has identified a series of measures to define land suitable for private gypsy sites and offers cash incentives to Local Planning Authorities to provide them.
- Sideways on Farm, Windsor
This application required careful legal consideration. The Local Planning Authority were minded to serve an Enforcement Notice on a new agricultural tenant on the basis that he had introduced a prefabricated temporary dwelling on to the site without first seeking planning permission.
Advice was given with regard to fulfilling the requirements of the Local Council's Policies for agricultural and rural dwellings and their allowance. The result was the granting of consent, initially on a temporary basis and more latterly for residential accommodation on sight, albeit in connection with existing agricultural operations.
- Executive Homes, Hereford
The accompanying photograph shows a development of 4 executive 6-bedroomed homes on the site of a former club/hotel.
Of vital importance in an application of this nature is to provide enough accommodation land and open space for dwellings of this size and structure and also gain the ambiance of independance.
- Warehousing & Storage Depot, Gloucester
A difficult site to develop in the centre of Gloucester whereby the required height of new warehouses was the major consideration for the client to further develop on land in their ownership.
The photograph clearly shows how this new unit had to be reduced in height at the rear to avoid any light or indeed overbearing effect on nearby residential property, even though it is located on an existing and established warehousing/industrial site.
The scale of modern warehousing requirements and other quasi industrial structures requires careful thought, negotiation and definitely full public and neighbourhood consultation prior to submitting any ...
- New Rural Offices, St.Owens Cross
Having outgrown a home office base this local company needed to retain links with both its employees and service providers within the nearby area. However, as the area is a rural one, little support for expansion within the area which comprised thirty plus dwellings, was available from the Local Planning Authority on the basis that St.Owen Cross is not a Settlement, Hence "open countryside".
An exception to the general policy of an embargo of new development in the open countryside relates to the provision of premises associated with small rural enterprises. Conversion is generally easier to achieve than new ...
- Glebelands Farm Centre, Maidenhead
Glebelands Farm Centre, Sideways-on Farm was established for boar/goat breeding and as Glebelands Farm and Garden Centre. Initially a garden centre, farm park and more latterly, a butchery operation.
Excellent Functional need evidence was given in preliminary applications. The business was cemented by a series of other agricultural applications on the latter sites, mainly for new or extended agricultural buildings and facilities within the three year period.
In relation to Glebelands Farm and Garden Centre, a revised planning application had to be made to the Local Planning Authority for the stationing of a mobile home which was successful, but ...
- Removal of Agricultural worker's, St.Owens Cross
The removal of an agricultural worker's tie was achieved on this dwelling on the basis that agricultural activities in association with the premises had long ceased. Interestingly, and by way of aside, the occupant had also used the dwelling as a market dwelling house for the requisite period under a Certificate of Lawfulness and as such planning permission was inevitable.
There are, however, advertising and other requirements in relation to disposal of properties with agricultural, equine and rural ties attached to them.
- Extensions and Alterations, Local Inns
P.P.S. has carried out several sympathetic and aesthetically pleasing extensions and alterations to old rural inns within areas of special designation. e.g. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
There is a requirement to make any extension appear not to be out of scale or indeed dwarfed by the original hostelry and any new space needs careful planning to deal with what will generally be new toilet and kitchen accommodation. Serving and dining areas were again calculated to give maximum but comfortable seating areas, coupled with an ability to interchange length and depths of dining tables and chairs.
- Former Railway Station, Newnam on Severn
An example of the utilisation of a former Brown Field site for new market residential development of a low-key nature.
This former railway station site was purchased by the principals of P.P.S. and developed into a new residential site, initially by the attraction of permissions and eventually by the attraction of a further two.
It would be noted that quite often there is no requirement for a site access/egress for up to five new properties to be the subject of the revision of an adoptable highway link. This reduces site development costs and the need for large ...
- Barn Conversions, Westbury on Severn
Stantway Barns, Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire Three of four redundant former agricultural barns have been converted to residential use and a planning application to convert the fourth into two units of low-cost rural accommodation is pending.
With regard to barn conversions, it is generally a requirement that a bat or owl presence survey is carried out by an accredited practitioner. Local Authorities will not place conditions on planning consents which allow for this requirement to be dealt with once consent has been granted. It is therefore essential, if any surveys are required in relation to conversion or replacement properties from an ecology ...