Case study

Successful appeal on three-storey apartment building in London

Successful appeal on three-storey apartment building in London

Overturning a planning decision for an apartment building adjacent to Metropolitan Open Land

The challenge

Our client had been refused planning for a block of nine new flats by the London Borough of Barnet. Charter House Planning was brought in to advise on the chances of a successful appeal.

The refused application was an enlargement of a previously approved scheme. The only change was to increase the roof height to give greater space in the top-floor flats. The Local Planning Authority had concerns about the impact on the adjacent Sunny Hill Park – a large area of protected Metropolitan Open Land.

Our solution

Having reviewed the case, we advised our clients that we could challenge the decision – with a good chance of success. Following detailed site analysis, we put together a persuasive written case which showed that the proposals did not impinge on the beauty of the open parkland. Our 3D designers also produced photomontages that showed the minimal visual differences between the approved and refused schemes.

Project success

The Planning Inspector accepted our case and the appeal was allowed. The apartments are now built and are for sale on the open market.

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