Smart Planning have successfully won an appeal against Maldon District Council in Essex.

Outline planning permission has been granted by the Planning Inspectorate for a single dwelling in the countryside.

The main issues were the effect of the proposal on the character and appearance of the area, and whether or not the site is in a suitable location for development having regard to national and local planning policy.

The Inspector concluded that even though the site is outside the defined settlement boundary and in conflict with the local development plan, the proposal would have a lack of harm to the character and appearance of the area and the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside. The proposed single dwelling in the countryside was therefore deemed acceptable.

As this was an outline planning permission, a reserved matters application must be submitted to the Council to include details of appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for determination.

The reserved matters must be submitted and determined before any development begins. As such, Smart Planning will be preparing and submitting the reserved matters application on the client’s behalf once instructed.

If you have been refused planning permission and would like to know more about the appeal process, then please speak to one of our Planning Consultants, so that they can advise on the likelihood of success at an appeal.

24 October 2019