It’s always a source of professional pride when an email lands from the Planning Inspectorate and you open it to find out you’ve been successful at appeal.
Today, we were delighted to receive news that we’d won two appeals for retention of doors, windows and rainwater goods on a pair of adjoining buildings in a terrace in Newport’s Clytha Conservation Area.
The former terraced homes had been divided into a series of flats some time ago, and let out individually. Since acquiring the properties, our client had undertaken significant refurbishment works over recent years, including extensive improvements internally, as well as the replacement of windows, doors and rainwater goods on the primary elevations of each building. The properties were in dire need of renovation, which had been achieved in the case of these two properties through no small amount of time, effort and expense. Unbeknownst to our client, as the buildings now comprised multiple flats, permitted development rights to replace these elements no longer applied, and his work was found to be unlawful.
A stressful but necessary process of receiving enforcement action, and then applying for planning permission for both buildings ensued.
Unfortunately, both applications were refused by Newport City Council. It was at this point that the owner contacted LRM Planning, and met with us to discuss his unfortunate position. He was understandably distressed by the refused applications, not least as there was a risk of losing significant financial expenditure as a result of nothing more than his well-intentioned refurbishment of the primary elevations. We discussed the works that had been carried out, the planning process, and our perception of the chances of success at appeal. We were duly instructed to submit appeals against both refusals and carried out a walking survey of the site and its surroundings, accompanied by the client.
We submitted the appeals in April of this year and considered we’d built a strong case.
During the course of working for our client on this appeal, we found him to be a friendly and charming individual, a complete pleasure to work with. We naturally kept in regular contact throughout the process and were met with a courteous and pragmatic outlook.
As planning consultants, it’s always pleasing to win at appeal, and on this occasion, we were engaged in the personal side of development as well as the professional aspect. We were therefore thrilled to see that the Inspector agreed with our assessment, reached in the context of local and national policy, and allowed both appeals. This enabled our client to retain the doors, windows and rainwater goods that have contributed to the much-improved primary elevations and eminently more lettable homes in a sustainable location in central Newport.
So, on this occasion, that professional pride at winning a planning appeal was accompanied by a genuine sense of personal satisfaction.