Planning permission secured for HMO,Bristol

BPA has secured planning permission (19/05402/F) for a large HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) at 116 Manor Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2ER.

Through the addition of a storey-and-a-half rear extension, the application sought to refurbish a historic building currently used as a small HMO to one with nine-bedrooms, to meet local demand for student accommodation in the immediate area where the University of West England Frenchay campus is located.

With the recent publication of draft Guidance, HMO’s are becoming a priority issue for the local planning authority in certain parts of the city. Should you need assistance with any similar projects please get in touch.

Neighbourhood Plan success for Honeybourne as plan is successful at referendum!

Another great result. Honeybourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan successfully passes Referendum under the guidance and direction of BPA. Thursday’s positive Referendum result saw an impressive 89.5% ‘yes’ vote with a 28% turnout. We have worked with the group from conception, having assisted them every step of the way. It is great to see the Plan successfully pass through a public vote, it will be formally adopted by Wychavon District Council within the next 8 weeks.


Consent secured for a Stable block at Solcum Lane, Kidderminster

Brodie Planning Associates has secured consent (LPA Ref. 19/0625/FULL) for a stable block and tack room in the Green Belt at Solcum Lane, Cookley, Kidderminster, including a Change of Use from agriculture to equestrian. The client approached us knowing that the local planning authority, Wyre Forest District Council, was opposed to equestrian development in an area of rolling countryside and high quality landscapes. Negotiations over contributions to biodiversity were also secured before the permission was approved at Planning Committee. Please get in touch if you have a similar development proposal that requires planning permission.

Consent granted in an AONB for a Forestry Building at Hawton Wood

On behalf of Mike Hartnell of MDH Forestry Services Ltd., Brodie Planning has secured consent for a forestry building within an AONB at Hawton Wood, near Little Compton (Stratford Borough Council – 19/02768/FUL). The building will provide much needed storage space for forestry equipment, plants and machinery and a w/c facility. In a voluntary capacity MDH Forestry is very active in hosting organised tours to promote the environmental, social and health benefits of forestry. The w/c facility will be very useful in this regard!

Consent secured for Air BnB on Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham

Consent secured from Tewkesbury Borough Council for the retention of ancillary accommodation (19/00730/FUL). Following a prolonged planning history and renewed enforcement action, Brodie Planning has secured the consent for a building originally constructed as a site office for the construction of a replacement dwelling on Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham. Successful negotiation with the local planning authority was required to regularise planning, enabling the applicant to continue their successful Air BnB business. Short-term letting is currently a changeable area of planning and BPA can assist you in such matters.

Successful Appeal and Award of Costs

Successful Appeal and Award of Costs

BPA has secured planning permission on appeal, along with a full costs award, for the change of use of an ancillary building to an independent dwellinghouse in Upper Oddington, Moreton-in-Marsh.

Despite the advice of professional officers, the Council refused the application at planning committee due to the effect of the proposal on the character and appearance of the area.

BPA successfully argued that as the external appearance of the building would remain exactly the same as an extant planning permission, the reason for refusal could not be substantiated. The Inspector agreed and found the building to be of a high-quality design respecting the character and appearance of the locality. Accordingly, the Inspector found no conflict with the adopted Local Plan or Cotswold Design Code.

In addition to allowing the appeal, the Inspector held that the Council provided little evidence as to why it felt the development was considered to be of an inappropriate design. Consequently, the refusal of planning permission constituted unreasonable behaviour and the Council were ordered to pay the applicant’s full costs in the appeal proceedings.

If you have any queries on this decision or would like to discuss a similar proposal, please contact the Office on 01242 898368 or