For a project to go through the planning system without objection is a rare occurrence, and this application was no exception. The objections received concerned the assumed loss of privacy, the contemporary design of the building and the loss of some trees and triggered the application to be decided by council's Planning Committee. Due to our thorough preparation and conscientious design, the scheme addressed all these issues to the Council's satisfaction and was voted to be approved.
In support, the case officer quoted the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) and FBC’s Policy CS17 of the Development Plan with the importance of good quality design and the authorities’ responsibility not to stifle this. The neighbouring Art Deco buildings were also referred to as a pinnacle of their time.
This planning permission is a very positive example of the benefits the planning system has to offer when client and agent deliver a responsive design addressing the council’s clearly communicated requirements.