We've a great deal of experience working with a variety of clients on a range of schemes across London and the South East, as well as Cornwall, Tyne & Wear and East Anglia.

Our most recent project experience includes work in Central London, inner and outer London Boroughs, as well as more rural parts of the country. The below sets out a brief overview of some of our interesting jobs through which we've gained great experience of the planning system and, how to guide our clients through it.

Permitted Development and Full Application, Tooting (London Borough of Wandsworth)

We have secured prior approval for the change of use of existing first and second floor office floorspace to residential use. This will allow the owner to convert the redundant office into a number of flats above a two commercial units at the ground floor. The site is within a thriving district centre in south west London, and as such the demand for housing is high. We are working together with our client and the architects to develop a scheme utilising a significant amount of land to the rear of these new flats to provide a greater number of residential units over several floors. This longer term, two-fold approach means funds can still be coming in whilst the planning process is going on. We have been advising our client on the site's restraints, and hence the effect this will have on the design and layout of the proposals. We are in discussions with Wandsworth Council as well as the client and co-consultants to develop an acceptable, and viable scheme.

Permitted Development, Full Applications and Conservation Area Consent, Croydon (London Borough of Croydon)

Secured prior approval under Class J of the 2013 GPDO and Class O of the 2015 GPDO for around 2,000 across a variety of buildings in Central Croydon. Some within the Metropolitan Centre, some in the Opportunity Area as defined by the Mayor of London. All applications have attracted S106 Agreements requiring a variety of obligations; all have benefited from external alterations to facilitate the residential use, and many have been enhanced through new build applications either as roof extensions or additional bulk in car parks or on adjacent land. We have secured a similar variety of permissions within Slough Borough Council, and know officers in the Council very well.

74 Residential Units, Brownfield Site, Charlton (London Borough of Greenwich)

Redevelopment of an existing vacant a derelict office building to replace wit a high-rise development comprising three separate buildings, with useful and attractive amenity and children's playspace. The application was met with a strong level of opposition by residents and local amenity groups owing to the 11-storey height of the development in a generally low-rise, two-storey terraced area. This was a long and involved process commencing with detailed pre-application discussions, a full planning application and two Planning Board meetings.

45 Residential Units including Extension and New Build Block, Horsham (Horsham District Council)

Following discussions and negotiation with the Council the application is recommended for approval subject to conditions and securing a S106 agreement relating to affordable housing and other local infrastructural benefits.

Planning Appeal, Independent Boutique Cafe, Belsize Park (London Borough of Camden)

Successfully secured planning approval for an improved ventilation and extraction system for a boutique cafe in Belsize Park. This appeal followed an unfortunate refusal gained by the client's flue and extract designers. Expert planning input was required to properly present the case to the Planning Inspectorate along with a detailed assessment of the proposal against local, regional and national policy and guidelines, including the adjacent conservation area. This also required management of numerous local objectors and full briefings at every stage to the client team.

Variation of Condition, A1 / A2 units, Brentwood (Brentwood Borough Council)

Secured to allow finance and professional groups in lieu of retail occupiers in a newly created shopping parade. The use was contrary to local planing policy, however, the sound and reasoned justification permission was secured. 

Heritage Assessment, Highgate Village (London Borough of Haringey)

Successful determination of a locally listed building application for significant extensions and alterations incorporating lifts and other accessibility features- overcoming significant objection from local amenity groups by working closely with the architects to formulate an appropriate scheme. 

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