Round-up of recent decisions

Rutland | Erection of 1 No. 3 storey dwelling with associated driveway, parking and garage with first floor habitable space (2021/0083/FUL)


The site is located in the desirable village of Ridlington in the south-west of Rutland, some three miles from the historic market town of Uppingham. The land lies within the Ridlington planned limits to development and is also located within the designated conservation area.

The proposal was to erect a luxury six-bedroom, three-storey family home benefiting from a large double garage with first-floor office/ancillary living space.


The plot is bounded by a designated Important Frontage on two sides. The review of important frontages for the Rutland Local Plan review in 2017 retained the Important Frontage, stating:


“Boundary to Church Farm to the south, the frontage is densely planted with trees and forms an important boundary to the village, working in conjunction with several other frontages adjacent to this. The frontage facing Church Lane is very open and has a small stone wall and contains some planting; it acts as a buffer to the farmyard and also adds character to the street”.


When inspecting the proposals, the case officer concluded:


“The scheme does not impinge on this important frontage and landscaping can be designed to enhance its contribution to the conservation area, which is currently poorly defined”.


Class Q worked closely with the case officer and conservation during the determination of the planning application to ensure that the scheme was receptive to its sensitive setting, taking into account both its contribution to the conservation area and relationship with numerous surrounding listed buildings.


The officers concluded that the proposal would enhance the character of the conservation area, would not detract from the setting of nearby listed buildings and that the proposed dwelling was commensurate with the scale of the adjacent listed buildings. Accordingly, the proposal was recommended for approval.


Due to its conflict with the development plan, the application was heard by Rutland’s Planning & Licensing Committee who, following some debate, unanimously resolved to grant planning permission.


The site is now being marketed on behalf of the client. Full details available here.


Broxtowe | Redevelopment of kennels to 5no. dwellings including demolition, access and landscaping at Babbington Hall, Westby Lane, Babbington (21/00049/FUL & APP/J3015/W/21/3279776)

Our redevelopment of a rescue kennels in the Nottinghamshire green belt with five houses won the approval of an Inspector who found 'very special circumstances' in the removal of unsightly buildings and an unneighbourly use.


Read the article in full here.


Peterborough | Conversion of main equestrian building to a detached 4 x bed dwelling, demolition of stable block, conversion of detached outbuilding to office/gym and associated works (21/01891/FUL)


The site is located in the attractive hamlet of Ashton, just five miles from the renowned historic market town of Stamford.


The full planning application sought permission for the conversion of a former equestrian barn to a substantial five-bedroom dwelling set in its own grounds. The application also included a proposal to convert an existing stone outbuilding into an ancillary office/gym.


The living accommodation extends to approximately 8,000 sq. ft. of living space.


The flexible and spacious ground floor accommodation comprises an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, complete with a large pantry. The ground floor offers three further reception rooms and a boot room/utility. The first floor is complete with four double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a master-suite with a spacious en suite and separate dressing room. The master-suite enjoys a terrace overlooking the grounds and landscape beyond.


The case officer considered that the proposal was compliant with the relevant policies of the Peterborough Local Plan and granted permission.


The site is now being marketed on behalf of the client. Full details available here.


North Warwickshire | Partial demolition and conversion of a rural building to form two dwellings (PAP/2021/0612)


The site is located on a former farmyard, with many of the surrounding buildings having already been converted to residential use.

The proposal sought to partially demolition and conversion of a large, industrial building to form two, detached dwellings.


The relevant policy derives from the North Warwickshire Local Plan (2021):


“Proposals for the re-use and adaptation of existing rural buildings will be supported provided that the following three pre-conditions are all satisfied:

  1. The buildings are readily accessible to the Main Towns and Local Service Centres via a range of modes of transport;

  2. they are of sound and permanent construction, and

  3. are capable of adaptation or re-use without recourse to major or complete re- building, alteration or extension.”

During pre-application discussions with the local authority, the case officer commented specifically on (1), providing:


“It would be counterproductive to suggest refusal on that basis alone given that rural buildings will invariably be in inaccessible locations”


The local authority concluded that the proposal was compliant with the relevant local planning policies and was acceptable in all other respects, thus granting planning permission.