Retrospective success in Tewkesbury
An interesting little problem arose after an applicant was poorly advised by a previous consultant... Always beware the words "Nah mate, s'fine, you don't need planning permission..." Always assume that you need it until you can confirm otherwise.
In this instance the applicant had made some really cracking improvements to their home which included the provision of a smart terrace, French Windows in a small lean-to rear extension, a dormer window which allows greater light into the bathroom and the introduction of new cladding which gave the property a nice sharp, fresh appearance.
The Local Authority requested that a retrospective application was made to regularise the position which, with the assistance of Charles Board we were happy to submit.
The LPA initially raised concerns regarding the threat of overlooking from the new dormer window, as well as the cladding being incongruous. We were able to make short work of these initial objections through demonstration that there was no risk from overlooking and that the introduction of cladding had now become a common feature in the area. More generally the applicant's efforts had clearly resulted in an improved appearance to the property and the area, a factor specifically supported by Paragraph 130 of the NPPF.
After a knee-knocking few weeks for the applicant, a positive determination was received.