Smart Planning have won an appeal decision against the refusal of planning permission by Southend Borough Council for the demolition of an existing bungalow, and the construction of three new dwellings in its place.

The appeal site in Leigh-on-Sea considered two main issues which concerned the impact of the scheme on the character and appearance of the surrounding area and highway safety.

The Inspector supported our arguments made, and stated that “the proposal would not appear as a dominant or discordant addition to the street scene” and the materials proposed would “further assist in assimilating the appeal proposal”.

Subsequently, no harmful impact on the character and appearance of the surrounding area was identified by the Inspector.

On the matter of highway safety, the Inspector commented that the appeal scheme “would represent a significant benefit to highway safety” due to improved visibility arising from the new vehicle crossovers for the dwellings. Consequently, the Inspector concluded that the development “would not cause unacceptable harm to highway safety”.

The appeal was therefore allowed and planning permission granted, much to the delight of our client.

For more information on how Smart Planning can assist you with an appeal, please click here.

19 March 2019