We were contacted by a Local Architect to assist with a site where an application had been recently refused for a new dwelling as the Council had considered that the previous design would be out of character with the area and would harm neighbouring residents’ amenity. The Architect had produced a new scheme but the Council had stated in discussions with her that they did not feel that their concerns had been overcome.

We visited the site and looked over the new scheme and felt that the changes made had addressed the grounds for the previous refusal. We then put together a detailed submission setting out the changes made in the new scheme to ensure that the proposal would not harm neighbouring residents’ amenity, and setting out a detailed assessment of how the proposal would reflect the character of other development in the area.

Following consideration of our arguments the Authority agreed with our case and approved the application, with the result that our clients have gained a valuable permission for a new dwelling.