RCC were approached regarding the possibility of attaining planning permission for an additional dwelling in the garden of our clients’house. It was an extremely timely approach, as Wiltshire Council was in the process of changing their local planning policy document.
As the photographs show, it was a good sized plot and more than capable of accommodating an extra dwelling. The key issue was that under the current policy, which was soon to be withdrawn, the village was one where the principle of new residential development was acceptable. However, the emerging new planning policy would have ruled out any new dwellings in the village. RCC therefore moved swiftly to prepare and submit an outline planning application for a new dwelling. The option of an outline application, just accompanied by an illustrative site layout (rather than full plans), was chosen to speed up the process and minimise the costs for the clients.
Our planning submission also had to address other more detailed issues, including; highway safety, neighbour amenity and the potential impact on the setting of a listed building. We were successful in addressing all these issues within the necessary timescales and the application was approved under the old planning policies.