Hailsham Architectural Designer Obtains Planning Permission for Carer Annex
GM Moore & Associates, is pleased to announce that their appeal to The Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of client’s requiring an annex for their carer, has been successful. The property, in Lower Dicker, was subject to a non-determination appeal when Wealden District Council’s Planning Department did not respond to his original application within the required eight-week period.
Under planning law, an individual can appeal against non-determination to The Planning Inspectorate, when a local authority fails to respond. In this case, Glenn had not received a response at ten-weeks and therefore began the process of appeal. Ordinarily, the local authority would automatically contest this appeal but the combined efforts of Glenn, the clients and Councillor White (Independent), who supported their claim, meant the matter was fully reviewed by the Wealden Area Plans South Committee. The committee chose to not contest the appeal.
The Planning Inspectorate has now delivered their decision and the inspector has found in favour of his client. They can now build their much-needed carer annex, which in turn will allow them to stay in their family home.
Responding to the decision it was noted:
“It’s a shame we had to get to this position. My client truly needs this extension. What concerns me is, without my understanding of planning law, my client’s may have just given up when their initial plan was rejected. That would have been wrong; the Planning Inspector has specifically said that some of the assumptions made in that initial assessment by planners are incorrect, especially in relation to traffic. This plan will actually reduce the number of journeys and therefore reduce pollution.
“Thankfully, on this occasion, sense has prevailed and my client’s can stay in their home.”
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