Overturning a Planning Officer's recommendation for refusal at Tewkesbury Planning Committee
Wreyland Rural Planning submitted a householder application for an extension to an existing dwelling which sat within both the Greenbelt and AONB. The application was recommended for refusal by the Planning Officer on the basis that the proposal represented 'inappropriate development in the Greenbelt' as it would result in disproportionate extensions to the 'original dwelling' according to TBC's Planning Officer.
Policy precludes inappropriate development in the Green Belt with some exceptions, one of these being proportionate residential extensions, which, as a rule of thumb should not generally be greater in size than 40% - 50% of the 'original dwelling.'
The original dwelling is considered under policy to be the dwelling as it was on 1st July 1949.
Despite a dwelling having been on this particular site for 400 years, the Planning Officer considered the original dwelling here to date from 1965 - the year the LPA's records on the property began. The Planning Officer considered the proposed extension to be 129% greater than the dwelling at that time and therefore 'inappropriate.'
Research undertaken by Wreyland Rural Planning revealed evidence from 1947 which showed a much larger dwelling at the relevant date, upon which the proposed extension represented an increase of just 17.5% - far smaller than that considered by the Planning Officer and well within the parameters of what is considered 'proportionate' under policy
Reporting the findings to the Planning Committee, we are pleased to say that Councillors took a pragmatic view of the evidence before them, and found overwhelmingly in our favour.
Another successful day here at the coalface of rural planning and another happy client...