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With the recent publication of draft Guidance, HMO’s are becoming a priority issue for the local planning authority in certain parts of the city.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.
Location: Shirehampton Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol Case Type: Application to vary pre-commencement conditions Council: Bristol City Council Status: Approved Full planning permission was granted for the demolition of an existing garage and the construction of one new dwelling. The decision notice included 6 pre-commencement conditions, however construction works began on site prior to approval of the relevant details. As such, an application to vary the original permission was submitted in order to regularise the development already undertaken on site. It is important to read the decision notice in full before any work begins. If conditions are not discharged or adhered to you can be subject to planning enforcement action in the form of a Temporary Stop Notice which will prevent you from working on site, or a Breach of Condition Notice which will be visible indefinitely on all future land/property searches. You might also invalidate your planning permission which means that it cannot be implemented lawfully.
Location: Upper Oddington, Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Case Type: Change of use of an ancillary building to an independent dwellinghouse
Council: Cotswold District Council
Status: Appeal allowed & full costs award
BPA has secured planning permission on appeal, along with a full costs award.
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.
Location: Hartley Close, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Case Type: Wrap around extension and external remodelling
Council: Cheltenham Borough Council
Approval has been secured at planning committee for comprehensive re-modelling of the existing building together with a two storey side extension and single storey rear extension.
While the cumulative impact of the various elements of the proposal will undoubtedly alter the character and the appearance of the existing property, the resultant building is considered to be acceptable in appearance and will sit comfortably within the street scene. It is considered that the proposed scheme represents a high quality design which is in accordance with the general design advice set out within the NPPF and on this basis is deemed acceptable.