Quite often planning officers recommend approval of schemes for new flats. Then councillors go against the officer’s advice, and refuse the scheme. Then the developer can go to appeal, and hope to get permission from the planning inspector.
We’ve heard today about a case where the inspector has sided with the councillors, and the schemes been refused. This one was in Harper Way (opposite the Hungry Horse Pub), and was simply to sub-divid an existing plot and ADD a couple of flats.
One of the Lib Dem ward councillors , Chris Lumley, moved refusal at the planning meeting and took the trouble to go to the planning appeal and speak. His conscientiousness seems to have paid off.
Important bits from the Inspector’s letter:
5. … the position of the proposed flats, relative to the general form of built development around the junction of Downhall and London Roads is such that the new building would have a harmful and intrusive effect on the character and appearance of the area.
I also consider that the additional noise and disturbance arising from the car parking arrangements associated with the additional households would have a harmful effect on the living conditions of the occupiers of 2 Harper Way.
Appeal Ref: APP/B1550/A/07/2034686