Close to the Fetcham Conservation area the focus of this project was community involvement. The site was within the setting of an ancient lake and geotechnical engineering and flood risk was a major consideration whilst also planning a viable scheme that respected its local setting. Working with the local community and planning officers we presented a final scheme to the planning committee that was granted consent by unanimous verdict.
Set within the grounds of a very historic statutory listed building in Cambridge, we knew from the outset that this project would present interesting planning challenges. By bringing conservation experts and archaeologists into the Appeal process we successfully were awarded planning consent by the Planning Inspectorate. As a result planning was awarded for a carefully designed house, conforming to the design influences of local character.
Awarded planning consent by the Planning Inspectorate, this site prompted over scrutiny by the local planning authority because of its sensitive location and the conservation area. The resulting built houses are an example of exceptional design which through a combination of carefully chosen building materials and incorporation of local features, fit perfectly within their context. Very attractive exteriors and the internal layouts conforming to modern demands and the inclusion of high technology infrastructure resulted in both houses selling off plan.
Close to the Park and set within the high value roads is a unique plot which we assembled by bringing in neighbouring properties. The planning challenge was to overcome a new local plan policy which seeks to protect gardens from development. The appeal case was complex and drew on several of our practitioner’s experience which ultimately focused on undermining the validity of the Local Planning Authority’s Planning Policy. The Planning Inspectorate supported our case that the land is developable for housing.
Lightwood acquired a position on a plot of land within the Ruxley Heights estate and after exhaustive legal work, specifically in relation to the release of restrictive covenants, submitted a planning application for two large 4,000ft² houses. Consent was granted locally by officers delegated approval. The houses have subsequently been built and sold.
Awarded locally under delegated powers the scheme provided for the extension and refurbishment of the existing property and creation of a new dwelling to the rear of the property. Situated in a quiet and leafy part of the village the scheme drew on local vernacular to inform its design so that the properties were in keeping and reflective of their surrounding environment.
Lightwood Property has recently submitted a planning application for 35 residential units in this beautiful Hampshire Village. The site, under Hart Council’s jurisdiction was difficult to plan because of a variety of constraints. We were absolute about protecting the preserved trees and defining a scheme that was fitting with the conservation character of Odiham. Hart’s demanding parking standards and unit mix policy added to the challenge. We are always aware of local residents and Parish Council opinion and we try our hardest to ensure that we listen and try to accommodate all the feedback we receive from both the community and the Planning Department.