Second ‘Granny Annexe’ planning consent secured, overcoming planners’ fears

Posted By Jon Sewell-Rutter

Jun 25th, 2014

Dwell negotiates planning hurdles to secure a second consent for a proposal originally destined for refusal, whilst allowing the project process to continue seamlessly in the background.

In February this year, Dwell was pleased to secure planning consent for a large two storey rear extension in Burgess Hill to provide a ‘granny annexe’.  Approval was granted by modifying the scheme following negative pre-application advice from Lewes District Council.  The changes meant eliminating the annexe kitchen and one of the two bedrooms to mitigate the planners’ concerns that another dwelling was being created and therefore contravene planning policy.

Dwell recommended making the changes and securing the consent which enabled the project to move forward securely with construction information and tender process, whilst negotiations for the desired internal layout and a contentious Juliet balcony were to follow.

Dwell submitted a further planning application which replicated exactly the original sketch scheme which was viewed so negatively.  Consent for this application was granted today, by frank negotiation with the case officer, and through leveraging planning policy and permitted development legislation against the precedent set by the first approval.

Tender prices will shortly be returned, at which point construction can begin without any undue delay.