Smart Planning has obtained retrospective planning permission for replacement overnight accommodation at a site in Rayleigh, Essex.

The building, which was located within the Metropolitan Green Belt between Southend-on-Sea and Rayleigh was approved by Rochford District Council under delegated powers. Consequently, the structure has now been saved from any possible enforcement action, much to the delight of our clients.

Although the replacement structure is slightly larger than that it replaces, the Planning Officer agreed with our argument stating “it is not considered that the additional size is disproportionate to the size of the original lawful building”. It was therefore considered not to be inappropriate development in the Green Belt.

Additionally, the building is described as having a “traditional design” which is “aesthetically pleasing when compared to the existing building”. The proposal also conformed to policies on ecology, character, and parking standards.

If you are facing the threat of enforcement action, or have received an enforcement notice from your local Council, then contact us today. Smart Planning is alert to the many remedies available in the absence of a relevant planning permission. We can provide an honest assessment of the likely outcome and recommend steps to best resolve the situation at hand.

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17 January 2019