Plan Ahead for Planning Success

1st June 2017

Carlisle based H&H Land and Property have just received news of planning approval for three agricultural dwellings on different sites in Cumbria.  What links each of the three cases is that all the approvals followed initial difficulties.

Katie Jones who has been practicing as a planner for a number of years has recently been elected as a Chartered Town Planner by the Royal Town Planning Institute in recognition of her high attention to detail and professional competence.

Katie says:  “The three cases demonstrate that planning refusal does not mean the end of the road. Planning Authorities often have objections, which may be overcome with careful amendments or which disappear when local or national planning policy changes.”

As an example the team at H&H Planning recently received full approval for an agricultural workers dwelling at Stribers from South Lakeland District Council.

Commenting, Katie said: “The permission followed an earlier application which the planning authority refused.  The decision was subsequently appealed in 2006, however the Planning Inspectorate ruled in favour of the Planning Authority.  The H&H Planning team reviewed the planning history, and prepared a revised planning application in light of current national planning policy.  The application was approved at planning committee despite an officer’s recommendation for refusal.

Katie continues: “Quite often people come to us following a refused application.  Navigating the planning system is not always straightforward, and more often than not it is beneficial for people to seek the correct professional help from the outset rather than to call in the experts only when they run into difficulty.”

Mayfield Farm is an example of the importance of reading all planning permission carefully to see whether there are any conditions which must be satisfied before starting works.

“Always check the small print,” says Katie, “Our planning team successfully discharged all pre-commencement conditions at the Mayfield Farm site to the satisfaction of Allerdale Borough Council.  This meant that the construction for the new agricultural workers dwellings could get underway without delay.”

The third application that has been successful in recent weeks was for the reinstatement of a disused building to form a single dwelling for occupation by an agricultural worker.  The building had previously been used as a dwelling, however in 1997 the residential use was removed by legal agreement following the granting of planning permission for a new dwelling elsewhere on the farm.  H&H Planning argued that due to the success of the farm business at Justice Town it was essential for an additional worker to reside onsite, and that the former cottage was the most viable option with the least environmental impact. Carlisle City Council consequently approved the application.

H&H Land and Property’s planning department undertake all aspects of the planning process from pre-application advice to planning advice, strategy and appeal.  For more information about H&H Land and Property’s planning department, contact Katie Jones at H&H Land and Property, on 01228 406260