We are proud to be a team of problem-solvers. From self-build to commercial properties, tourism developments, CLUEDs, endorsements and appeals, we are valued for finding sound solutions and expediting the development process, even when handling the intricate and delicate.

The Poplars

We had to demonstrate to Cornwall Council that the proposed dwelling was in a sustainable location: with easy access to services, facilities and public transport, and that there would be no harm to local landscape character.

We provided a Planning Statement which explored the principle of the development, and a Landscape Character Assessment which assessed the impact on the local landscape. We were successful with our application and secured an approval with conditions.

Gilbert’s Coombe

For this site located on previously developed land near North Country, Redruth, we took this proposal through obtaining outline planning permission to securing an approval of reserved matters for the final design.

The task was to demonstrate to Cornwall Council that this was an appropriate design for the site, and that as a result of construction there would be no adverse issues. Throughout the life of this project, we provided a Planning Statement and a Reserved Matters Covering Letter. Both applications were supported by Cornwall Council.

3 Market Strand

We were tasked with obtaining planning permission for the replacement of a shopfront accompanied by internal works at a shop in Falmouth. The premises were located on the ground floor of a Grade II listed building within the Falmouth Conservation Area. In addition to this, the site was located within a flood risk zone.

It was our task to justify this proposal. We referred to documents such as the Cornwall Shopfront Design which gives advice and guidance on designing appropriate shopfronts. We provided a Design, Access and Heritage Statement and a basic Flood Risk Statement to support the application, which was subsequently approved by Cornwall Council with support from Falmouth Town Council.

33 Park Road, Portland

Located on the edge of Easton in Dorset, this site provided a challenge as it was clearly marked as being outside the settlement boundary in the neighbourhood plan. However, our main line of persuasion was the fact that the local planning authority, at the time of application, could not demonstrate a 5 Year Housing Land Supply, which, according to the National Planning Policy Framework, gave us a clear route to planning permission.

In addition to this, we had to contend with a nearby listed building. We were successful, and planning permission was granted with the Council agreeing with our argument regarding the 5 Year Housing Land Supply.

An-Garth-Gloweth, Veryan

We sought to overcome conveyancing issues with the £750,000 sale of this attractive, high-profile dwelling on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall. The dwelling had been constructed following the grant of planning permission in 2013, but one of the pre-commencement conditions had not been discharged, which meant the sale of the property was not possible as the dwelling was not considered lawful.

We undertook early liaison with the Case Officer, to ensure that the Council agreed with our approach, and the condition was subsequently discharged within two weeks of validation: a record turnaround. Our involvement resulted in the property being available for immediate sale.

Trelew Farm Church Road Mylor

Working closely with a well-regarded local firm of architects (Studio Arc) we were commissioned to help prepare and submit a planning and listed building application to convert a dilapidated barn into a new home in a highly scenic countryside setting near Falmouth.

Preapplication advice received from Cornwall Council had raised a number of concerns. Our task was to help iron out those challenges and ensure that the final proposal met the client brief with a high degree of certainty. We prepared and enacted a planning strategy to direct the proposal towards its submission, whilst working with the project team, liaising on ecology, archaeology, structural engineering as well as elements of architectural design.

Land at Silver Hill Perranwell Station Cornwall

This was a parcel of greenfield land to the north of a small rural village between Falmouth and Truro. Our task was to secure planning permission for 5 detached homes across the semi-rural site. Earlier applications had proven to be highly contentious, resulting in numerous neighbour objections and concerns from the Local Council.

We liaised with and commissioned reports from specialist consultants, worked closely with the appointed architect to secure winning designs, and drew together a well informed and robust proposal that provided the very highest degree of certainty. Our strategy included mechanisms that sought to ensure the speediest planning decision possible. Working well with the Local Authority’s case officer, approval was reached within time. Since then, each of the 5 plots has been successfully sold off-plan.

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