The refusal reasons given by the London Borough of Hounslow were fairly subjective and based around the fact they felt the development would be incongruous, overly prominent, dominant, and as a result would harm the appearance and street scene in that area.
The London Borough of Hounslow council planning department also said the development would be unacceptable in terms of its design quality and contrary to Local Policies CC1, CC2 and SC7 as well as local design guidance SPD 2017.
These refusal reasons do look harsh if you are not used to reading local authority decision notices, but honestly they are absolutely normal and in this case nothing unusual.
We at HEAL Planning have a lot of experience dealing with refusals in the Hounslow and other London borough areas as these types of applications often gain refusals.
For this appeal we produced a 21 page detailed appeal statement, working our way through the delegated officers report and decision notice, dismantling their objections and the reasons London Borough of Hounslow used to refuse this application.
Providing a comprehensive and robust argument, bringing national and local policies into play, and detailed reasoning as to why the findings were wrong, and in-fact this development was perfectly acceptable.
Additionally we completed a detailed amount of research to find very similar cases, that the planning inspectorate had previously granted, and we looked to use these cases to support our argument as best possible.
As this appeal was a House Holder appeal the local authority, which in this case was the London Borough of Hounslow, did not have the right of response to our appeal statement.
This case like the vast majority of similar cases, was dealt with by way of Written Representation, and as such it is paramount that the argument is very comprehensive and robust as there is no second chance to respond.
The inspector visited the appeal site on 29th December 2021 and issued the appeal decision on 19th January 2022 in a four page very detailed report.
The good news was that the appeal was upheld and the permission granted.
Our approach for producing appeal documents that go into great detail to work through the refusal reasons, officers reports and policies in detail, and to supply supporting cases where the inspectorate has granted similar appeals is invaluable.
This gives the client their best chance of success, admittedly it does take longer to produce, and increases costs slightly by going into that level of detail, but it is that attention to detail that is absolutely paramount.
Side Extension Planning Appeal Hounslow London
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