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Conservation Area Planning Success

Our client had purchased a plot of land on the edge of Horley with the intention of creating a small housing development. Unfortunately, the land was then designated as part of a new Conservation Area and an application for four houses refused (and lost at appeal).  

He approached Nye Saunders for our expertise in working on and around listed buildings and within Conservation Areas.  Having reviewed the reasons for refusal both at local level and at appeal, and taking on board the Conservation Officer’s comments, we advised our client on a strategy to achieve a successful application. 

Our analysis suggested that consent for two dwellings should be achievable, provided significant hedgerow planting was proposed and hard standing was kept to a minimum.  A style reflecting that of converted farm buildings was selected as appropriate for the formerly rural location, and we worked with the Planning Officer to find an acceptable proposal.  Unfortunately, the Conservation Officer, required significant changes which could not be accommodated and the proposal was refused.


The next step was to design a single house scheme which addressed every point raised in the previous application.  Involving the head of Planning to ensure that the application was properly considered, we succeeded in securing consent for a single dwelling in a vernacular barn style, which turned our client’s site from a blighted white elephant to a valuable piece of real estate. 

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