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Voting on Planning Permission

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has recently announced that local residents will be able to vote on whether local developments are granted planning permission. There is a distinct lack of detail of how this will work, but we expect it will entail changes to the Permitted Development Order and a form of prior...

Lawful Development Certificate Approved

Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy Ltd. has recently secured a lawful development certificate to confirm that an applicant had lawfully commenced his approved planning application before it had expired, making reference to relevance case law and providing sufficient evidence to clearly demonstrate beyond the balance of probability that the continuation of works on the site would be lawful.

Approval for Biomass Facility

Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy Ltd. has recently secured planning permission for the installation of a biomass facility at Hoar Cross Hall, Nr. Burton-on-Trent. The proposal will see the established hotel and spa become less reliant upon non-renewable energy sources as a consequence. The scheme involved numerous challenges, including impact on the surrounding Conservation Area, impact on nearby...

Class Q Barn Conversion Approved

Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy Ltd. has recently secured consent for the conversion of an agricultural building to a dwellinghouse under Class Q Permitted Development. The case presented a number of challenges in terms of noise, with the M6 motorway being located nearby, and in respect of harm to Great Crested Newts. A clear and concise case was...

Appeal Success

Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy Ltd. has recently secured consent at appeal for the erection of 5 dwellings on a parcel of land near Brownhills. The application had been refused by the Planning Committee and we were approached to lodge an appeal against that decision. A robust case was prepared in response to each of the three reasons...

Barn Conversion in Peak District National Park approved

Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy Ltd. has recently secured planning permission for the conversion of a stone and tile former agricultural building within the Peak District National Park to open market residential use. During initial pre-application discussions the Peak Park indicated that they would be resistant to the proposal on account of visual impact / harm to the character...

Planning permission granted for change of use of public house to mini-supermarket

Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy Ltd. has recently secured planning permission for the change of use, extension and alteration of a former public house in Telford to a mini-supermarket. The proposal involved a number of planning considerations including loss of the existing community facility, impacts arising from the site not being located within an existing retail centre, impact on...

Planning permission granted for erection of three dwellings in the Green Belt

Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy Ltd. has recently secured planning permission for the re-development of a former kennels site within the Green Belt on the outskirts of Walsall for the erection of three detached bungalows. The site had laid vacant for a number of years, and after liaison with a local ecologist to address a number of sensitive ecological...

Planning permission granted for erection of dwelling in the Green Belt

Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy Ltd. has recently secured planning permission to re-develop a range of stables on a site within the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, successfully arguing that proposal amounted to an appropriate form of development within the Green Belt, and that the site also constituted a sustainable location for a new dwelling, despite being located a number of kilometres...