Project Ref: 3178
Area: Basildon Borough Council
Published: 20th March 2018
Side extension next to Green Belt
Project BriefOur client wanted a side extension to significantly increase the size of the first floor of their house. Although not situated in Green Belt, the property lay next to one. The council argued in their refusal of the original planning application that the extension would detract from the character and appearance of the green belt.
Project OutcomeGet Planning and Architecture overturned this decision at appeal. Our planning experts studied the plans for the proposed project as well as the relevant local and national policies relating to green belts. We also conducted a survey of other houses in the area, and their size and bearing relative to the proposal.
We demonstrated that the increase in size of the house would not be disproportionate to the size of the building and that the council had misinterpreted some of the policies. We noted that the property’s location and setback meant that the extension would neither be apparent from the public highway nor readily noticeable from the Green Belt. The client was delighted with the result and with our professional and competent handling of the appeal.
Thank you so much for your efforts, I shall write to you formally expressing our absolute delight in both the decision and of course your efficiency, dedication and expertise in dealing with this on our behalf.