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Provide planning and architectural services to secure full planning permission to develop land

At a glance

  • GTH were instructed to provide planning and architectural services to obtain full planning permission for the residential development of the equestrian paddock adjoining the client’s house within the Quantock Hills National Landscape, (previously known as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBS)
  • This was the applicants third attempt at securing planning approval for the site
  • GTH along with a team of specialist consultants covering highways, drainage and ecology worked to overcome the previous reasons for refusal
  • GTH’s lead architect, Jon Colvin redesigned the site to provide a new layout and newly designed house types
  • The planning officer supported the proposed development and Somerset West Planning Committee voted in favour of the proposed development
  • GTH are now appointed to market and sell the site to a developer who will construct the four new homes in the village
The Brief

Ms O appointed GTH to provide planning and architectural services to secure full planning permission to develop their land in the centre of the West Somerset village of Bicknoller. Permission to develop the site had been refused on two previous occasions. The site was a challenging site due to its location in the Quantock Hills National Landscape, surface water flooding issues and the high ecology value of the site fringes. The client appointed GTH to provide planning and architectural services to apply for full planning permission to develop the site.

The Result

GTH along with a team of specialist consultants covering highways, drainage and ecology worked to overcome the site constraints. GTH’s lead architect, designed a residential development scheme of four dwellings, comprising of two bungalows and two two-storey dwellings arranged around a central access road. The fringes of the site are to remain undeveloped to retain and enhance biodiversity. The approved design reflects the character of Bicknoller using traditional design details and materials. The planning officer concluded that the previous concerns had been satisfactorily addressed and supported the amended designs.

Due to objections raised by local residents, the application was to be decided by planning committee. GTH represented the applicant by speaking in support of the proposals at planning committee and making the case in favour of allowing the development. We are delighted that members voted in favour of the development with nine votes for, none against and one abstention.

We were thrilled that we were able to assist our client in achieving their ambitions and that their patience and perseverance paid off.

How Can We Help?

How Can We Help?

If you are wishing to sell or develop your residential, agricultural or commercial land and buildings, you can rely on the expertise of our development land, planning and architecture & design teams.

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