Planning & Design has been successful in achieving planning consent for subdivision and extensions to create four flats from a semi-detached house on a large plot in Derby. Our clients were delighted to finally receive planning permission for the build-to-rent scheme, after an unsuccessful application with a previous agent.
We were commissioned to redesign the scheme to cope with the tight constraints of the site in relation to residential properties on both sides, but also to maximise the usable floor space in both the existing building and a proposed extension. A scheme including a two-storey side extension and a single-storey rear extension was designed to create a 1-bedroom unit and three 2 Bedroom units.
I don’t know the planning history of the site but assume that the desire to attract and retain the world’s best academic talent in close proximity to the university laboratories formed part of the ‘very special circumstances’ needed to justify the development of land in the Green Belt. The flexible approach taken to this otherwise unassuming piece of Green Belt sandwiched between the edge of Cambridge and the M11 motorway seems logical to me.
The whole scheme will be car-free, with a proposed new building to the rear which will provide secure covered bicycle storage for the residents, as well as bin storage.
Early discussions with the Highways department confirmed that the location is considered to be a sustainable location due to having a wide range of services and amenities within walking and cycling distance and being well served by public transport for onward travel to wider locations.
Negotiations with Planning Officers at Derby City Council led to amended plans being submitted to alter an existing window on the front elevation of the property; this was considered a benefit of the scheme as the proportions of the existing window were out of keeping with those of the adjoining property and others along the street. The window was outside of the control of the planning system; however, the alterations were agreed and the resulting overall design for the development now has a contemporary feel but uses traditional materials and the window proportions provide a continuity with the houses along the street.
The application was ‘called in’ by the Local Ward Councillor to be determined by the Planning Committee due to several objections from nearby residents. Planning & Design represented the client at the meeting and successfully secured an approval.
The permission has secured an increased value for the site, giving our client the option to move on to the next stage of the project and build out the development themselves, or to sell the site on.
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