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South Farm, West Overton

South Farm, West Overton


The applicants had tried to obtain planning permission for a second agricultural workers dwelling at their West Overton farm for a family member to live in. The dwelling was to replace a mobile home that had occupied the site for many years however the Council were now threatening enforcement action. The clients had already submitted an application for a permanent dwelling with another consultant but this was withdrawn as the Council intended to refuse the application based on the council’s agricultural advisor’s decision not to support the need for the proposed dwelling.

RCC were asked to examine the proposal and plan a way forward to achieve planning permission. After examining the case it was clear that full details had not been properly addressed such as consideration as to why the proposed dwelling was needed to meet the functional need at South Farm and the circumstances of the wider farm business.

We therefore produced a comprehensive planning statement in support of the new application. Our amended application was re-assessed by the Council’s agricultural consultant who withdrew his objection to the proposed dwelling. The Council’s planning officer subsequently accepted the case submitted in favour of the proposed dwelling and the application was approved.

The photographs show the mobile home the family member previously lived in and the newly built house.

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Mr & Mrs Morley, Calne

Richard gave us very sound advice from the start as we considered what options were available to us for our redundant single story farm buildings.    He guided us towards the most practical solution given our budgetary constraints and co-ordinated all aspects of the application.   When some inconsistent conditions were proposed by the planning authority, Richard and Jenny showed a robust attitude and after explanations were offered, those conditions were dropped.   We are very appreciative of their work and excited about our diversification.

Adrian White, Poulshot

Thank you for your rapid response and successful outcome to lifting the Section 106 planning agreement on our agricultural workers dwelling. The whole process went very smoothly and was professionally carried out.

Mr Steve Melcher, Alfold

I am extremely pleased with this outcome and thanks for the help provided by Richard and Vicky. I have been involved with several planning applications with our local planning office and working with your firm has made a potentially painful experience both hassle free and straightforward. 

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