Ashcroft, Old Knebworth
GCPP assisted a client in obtaining planning permission to erect a detached dwelling house within the curtilage of an existing residential property. There were several planning constraints in association with the proposal, such as its location within the Green Belt, Old Knebworth Conservation Area and the setting of numerous listed buildings. GCPP set out a case contending that any adverse impacts would be outweighed by the benefits associated with the scheme. Permission was granted on the 18th of December 2020.
Thistley End, Gosmore
GCPP assisted a client in obtaining planning permission to erect a two-storey rear and side extension, front porch, convert the existing loft for provision of another storey, insert two dormer windows and two roof lights to the front roof slope, install new and replacement windows, remove existing render to reveal brickwork underneath, remove a rear wooden balcony and garden land. It was also proposed to demolish three outbuildings within the curtilage of the building. The property subject to these works is located within the Green Belt where development is highly restricted. Despite the numerous developments within this proposal, GCPP set out a case asserting that the developments should be approved on balance by virtue of the identified material considerations within the planning design and access statement. Permission was granted on 25th November 2020.
Approved Scheme (Rear Elevation)
65 Bury Mead Road, Hitchin
GCPP assisted Macrame Properties Ltd in obtaining planning permission to redevelop an employment site for 21 flats, in association with EHW Architects. We needed to address several planning constraints, including noise and loss of employment.
Click here to view our planning, design & access statement produced to support the application.
Land to the rear of 63 Wilden Road, Renhold
GCPP produced the planning statement for a proposal to erect a dwelling encompassing an outstanding high-quality and innovative design within the open countryside, which was subsequently granted planning permission. A key aspect of the design is the outdoor pool and indoor pool at the basement level which are integral to the design and function of the dwelling; surplus energy generated by the PV panels would be used to power a heat pump, heating the outdoor pool. When heat is required from the store the heat pump can be used in reverse to transfer stored heat in the pool to raise the temperature in the house and also provide hot water. This is the first known case in the UK where a swimming pool has been used as a thermal store. Other functions of the pool include using the backwash to provide the water for the toilets in the dwelling.
34 Harborough Road, Oadby
GCPP assisted a client in obtaining a series of planning permissions to support the conversion of a dwelling-house to dental surgery. The applications necessary to fulfil the client's goals were 1) an application for the change of use of a dwelling-house to a dentist surgery, 2) an application to erect a single-storey side and rear extension with a reclining dormer, 3) an application for advertisement consent for the installation of three signs; and after acquiring planning permission for the change of use, 4) an application to vary a condition attached to the permission so that the surgery could diversify the use in order for the applicant to have more flexibility to carry out other cosmetic surgery and procedures that fall out of the remit of the permitted use.
These applications required a variety of supporting statements to accompany them, such as planning statements, a vitality statement and a design and access statement.
East Elevations - Existing and Proposed
80-82 Kingsley Road, Hounslow
The constraints and consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak have been challenging for us all; particularly for those who do not benefit from private amenity space during periods of lockdown. GCPP assisted a client in obtaining planning permission for an outdoor courtyard area to a first floor flat in the London Borough of Hounslow, enabling the occupants to enjoy nature and fresh-air in the comfort of their own privacy.
View some of our Recent Prior Approvals...
Certain classes within the General Permitted Development Order ("GDPO") require you to submit a prior notification application to the Local Planning Authority for its 'Prior Approval'. This allows the Local Planning Authority to consider the proposals, their likely impacts concerning certain factors (e.g. highways, noise, character and appearance) and how these may be mitigated.
We assist our clients in exercising their permitted development rights and achieving their goals by producing a meticulous statement to accompany the application, which clearly demonstrates how the development would constitute permitted development by addressing the extensive limitations and conditions under the order, and how the proposal would meet each criterion. After the principle of the development has been established, we tackle the various determining issues such as practically and desirability, highway impacts, noise impacts, contamination, character and appearance and flood risk.
The most common permitted development that requires prior approval is the change of use from an agricultural building to a dwelling-house. Please view the selection of successful cases below demonstrating what you can achieve through the GPDO.
Caldecote Mills Barns
Conversion of two agricultural buildings to two dwelling houses within the open countryside in flood risk zone 2.
Pictured is an aerial view of the plot and its surroundings.