Has your planning application been refused?
Planning is one of the greatest hurdles to overcome for anyone wanting to build a large extension or a new home. Knowing if an application is necessary at all is the first step.
Listed buildings, conservations areas, protected landscapes and green belt can place even more requirements on householders. Applications often can be necessary for even the most modest of extensions and alterations in these areas.
If you do need to apply, understanding the opportunities for development available to you through planning policy, the constraints that you must work within, combined with a well-designed scheme are the key components of success.
However, if your application is refused your dreams are not necessarily over. It is possible that the reasons for refusal could be overcome by changing the scheme and resubmitting it. If the Council has refused your application and it was line with its policies or national planning policy the best course may be to appeal.
To appeal you will need to make a clear case for your scheme quoting planning policies and backing up technical statements with expert reports on matters such as heritage, trees, landscape, flooding, highways and ecology if these have been cited as reasons for refusal.
Green Planning Studio can appraise your scheme and advise on the best options at application and appeal stage. We have a great track record in winning appeals for homeowners in urban and rural areas, keeping client’s dreams on-track to success.
Ruth Reed, director of Green Planning Studio, has just had her latest book launched. The book: “Building in Arcadia: The case for well designed rural development” identifies key barriers to rural development, and how planning applicants (whether householders, developers and landowners), and most particularly their agents who make the applications (architects, landscape architects or planners) can address, and overcome, them.
The book focuses on the positive aesthetic role buildings can play in the landscape, and proposes sensitive development. Building in Arcadia also explores the essential economic, social and environmental case for more building in the countryside to make the countryside more viable. It aims to actively engage, challenge and provoke debate – as well as offering practical ways forward.
Yesterday, Ruth Reed spoke at the Celebrating Women in Architecture event run by the Birmingham Architectural Association and the RIBA. Ruth described her work at Green Planning Studio after her term as RIBA president, The event was part of the Birmingham Architectural Association’s celebration of International Women’s Day #WomensDay #IWD2019 ♀️
Our Director, Ruth Reed, led a break out group on Development in Rural Areas and on Green Field Sites at the University of Birmingham last week. The session in the Senate Chamber, chaired by Ruth, was at The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s ‘Better Design for Better Places Conference’ focusing on Building Better, Building Beautiful. The conference looked at the need for better quality design in housing schemes. #designqualityconf
Our office will be closed from 5:30 pm on Friday, 21 December. The office will be open again on Wednesday, 2 January at 9 am.
Thanks from all of us for your support over the last year. Have a good Christmas and let’s hope 2019 will be a great year for everybody.
If you are there come along to the stand 3400 to talk to us about your project and get help with planning.
Another busy day on the Green Planning Studio stand at Grand Designs Live in the NEC.
If you are at Grand Designs Live today or due to visit over the next 3 days, please call in at our stand and say hi. We are on stand B2 in the Grand Build area.
If you are heading to Grand Designs Live there are still 30 minute slots available for a personal consultation session with Ruth. Every other slot can be pre-booked. Ruth is currently still available on the 11th, 12th and the 14th.
Ruth can advise on the architectural design of your project to achieve planning permission and your dreams particularly in sensitive heritage and landscape settings in urban, suburban and rural settings.
Don’t forget you can also find us on Stand B2 in the Grand Build area