Bob Berry Registered Architect
Bob Berry Registered Architect
 

Planning Advice

Clients sometimes call upon me to provide initial advice as to the planning potential of the property they are considering purchasing. Or I may be called to do a feasibility study to help a client to decide whether to extend or develop a property.

Planning Appeals

Sometimes I have taken projects to appeal. I find that a more objective judgment tends to prevail at this level. The national average is to win one out of three. I am determined to win for my clients if at all possible.

Here is a summary of all the appeals which I have handled in recent years.

House in Chalfont St Giles

This is a detached house in large grounds which is being extended. Chiltern District Council refused permission on the ground of the design being too eye-catching in proximity of a Grade 2 building. In fact the listed building is quite distant and the two buildings are scarcely visible together. The inspector found against the Council on every point, and we won the appeal (planning ref. CH/2014/1914/FA).

House in Little Chalfont

This was a two-storey extension to the rear of a semi-detached house, the first in the road, and very visible from the rear gardens of all the houses, since the road is straight. Chiltern District Council refused permission on the grounds of dominance over adjacent houses. Overturned on appeal.

Another house in Little Chalfont

This was similar to the previous one in all respects except the plot was even narrower, and there was a lot of opposition (17 letters) plus the involvement of the local MP. Much to my surprise we won the appeal.

Cottage in Winchmore Hill

A two storey extension to the rear of a semi-detached cottage was refused by Chiltern District Council on the grounds of excessive depth to the first floor. We lost the appeal, but the design was then modified to reduce the first floor.

House in Old Amersham

Chiltern District Council refused planning permission for the large extension to this Grade 2 listed building on the grounds of over-development, but we won the appeal.

House in Seer Green

This two-storey side and rear extension was refused planning permission by Chiltern District Council on the grounds of excessive bulk. We won the appeal.

Two new houses in Aylesbury

The houses were refused planning permission by Aylesbury Vale District Council because they considered one to be too dominant but we won the appeal.

Three hay barns in Eton

My client came to me after building these barns without permission in Green Belt and being served with an enforcement notice by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. We fought an appeal, but lost. Two of the barns were deemed marginal, but the largest and most prominent had no hope.

Residential care home in Maidenhead

This verandah was an afterthought by the client for his home which we were extending. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead would not approve it, so we appealed, and won.

House in Chalfont St Giles

I pointed out to the client that the builders were building the roof too high, but the client liked the extra space and allowed the work to continue. An enforcement notice was issued by Chiltern District Council. We appealed, but lost.

New House in Holmer Green

This house was to fit in the rear garden of my client’s own house. It would have formed part of the group of houses in a cul-de-sac. Planning permission was refused on the ground of over-development and that refusal was upheld on appeal. However, it was intimated by the planning inspector that a smaller house would be acceptable.

Grade Two Listed Cottage in Holmer Green

The proposed extension would have been virtually invisible, being located between roofs. The Historic Buildings Officer objected on the grounds that some of the ancient roof fabric would have been destroyed. The planning refusal was upheld on appeal. A revised version, which does not damage the old roof, has been granted planning permission.

Extension to House in Beaconsfield

Chiltern D.C. deemed that the proposed extension was too big and prominent, despite a design that sought to be discreeet. The planning refusal was overturned on appeal.

House in Amersham

Chiltern D.C. considered that the proposed front extension would make too much impact on the street-scene, and refused planning permission. We appealed and lost. I consider this a bad decision.

House in Little Chalfont

Chiltern D.C. considered that the proposed extensions to this detached house made too much impact on the street-scene, and refused planning permission. We appealed and won.

The national success rate for winning appeals is 33%.