Planning Success For The Acorus South East Office Has Taken Many Forms Recently:

31st July, 2019 by Acorus

Planning success for the Acorus South East office has taken many forms recently:

1. The Acorus East office have just gained planning permission for three different farm diversification projects…..

In Cambridgeshire, a former cattle unit comprising four buildings and a silage clamp were given permission to change into B1(c) business use.  The site already ‘housed’ a compost company so was in part retrospective.

In Ashford, Kent, a client who had already diversified on his site from a poultry and cattle enterprise to equestrian obtained planning permission for a canine business which involved a new build building for up to 40 boarding dogs plus exercise area.

In Suffolk, on a former pig unit, planning permission were gained for a range of lock up stores as a change of use of old pig buildings.  The client’s aim to offer small units to private individuals and small businesses.  There is a big demand for storage facilities as people de-clutter their houses and housing is generally getting smaller.  The internet has also produced a whole range of small traders who need space for their stock.

2. Acorus Eastern office has recently obtained planning permission for a 1000m2 grain store on an arable unit in Norfolk.

The building replaces some aging facilities and will allow the farm to store all its crops and then sell when market conditions suit.

As the application was over 1000m2, Acorus also had to deal with the flood risk, and the demolition also meant a bat and owl survey was required.

3. Dealing with Agricultural Occupancy Conditions can be a complex area of planning and there are different ways of approaching them.

One such case handled by Acorus in Warwick illustrated how important planning history and policies can be to a case.

The dwelling in question was originally a conversion, granted alongside a number of other conversions in the 1990s.  However, the Local Planning Authority only imposed a condition on one dwelling.  An application to remove the condition was submitted with approval sought on the basis if it were applied for ‘today’, the condition would not be applied.  The Local Planning Authority refused the application.  The case went to appeal and was successful.  The Inspector accepted that current planning policies relating to conversions were such that a condition was not necessary.  This equally applied in the Green Belt where the barn was located, with a change of use being appropriate in the Green Belt.

4. Some sites require a staged approach and the use of various routes and arguments to achieve the ultimate scheme.

Acorus planning consultant Brian Barrow assessed an old mill and pig unit in Suffolk.  Some of the buildings were in use but only for basic agricultural storage, the rest were derelict.  The site was a former railway station, but the line had long since been closed and removed.

Brian recommended a series of applications, including the use of permitted development rights under Class Q and eventually achieved permission for three residential conversions and two new build dwellings on the site.  The approved scheme is a positive conclusion for the site providing attractive housing as well as retaining the character of the site by utilising what was left of the old station building.

Contact the South East Office for more information.

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