Andrew Gray in Aitchison Raffety’s Planning Division has been successful in winning an Appeal against Aylesbury Vale District Council with at least one of the policies being cited by the Council being deemed as irrelevant by the inspector dealing with the Appeal.
The application concerned an application for demolition of a dated porch structure and the addition of a rear extension to a Listed Building in the Padbury Conservation Area near Buckingham. Aitchison Raffety successfully argued that the proposed demolition and extension would result in a coherent appearance across the rear elevation which in any event was well hidden from public view thus limiting any wider impact. It was also argued that the original agricultural nature of the surrounding area – one of the reasons cited by the Council in its refusal - had been significantly eroded by a recent housing development. Furthermore the Inspector accepted Aitchison Raffety’s argument that the subject house no longer resembled a former agricultural building due to various additions and alterations which had taken place over time and accordingly that the proposal would not result in unacceptable harm to a heritage asset.
The inspector found that the proposals were acceptable and that at least one of the policies cited by the Council in refusing the original application was not relevant.
The appeal decision indicates the benefits of undertaking a comprehensive planning review of the site and its surroundings when seeking to overcome policies cited by the Council which are not wholly relevant.
Anyone requiring further information on this or any other planning matter is welcome to contact their local Aitchison Raffety office or visit www.argroup.co.uk
Andrew Gray, Senior planner at Aitchison Raffety on 07590 880057 or Andrew.Gray@argroup.co.uk