Longbury Hill House, Storrington
ECE Planning secured full planning permission for the erection of a two storey dwelling at Longbury Hill House in Storrington. The application was a revised application following the refusal of a planning application in 2016 and dismissal of an Appeal in 2017.
The site is situated outside of the built-up area boundary of Storrington but immediately adjoins it to the south. Within the 2017 Appeal decision the Inspector acknowledged that:
“as the development would be beyond the BUAB and concerns a site that has not been allocated for development, in either the Council’s development plan or a neighbourhood plan, there would be conflict with Policies 1, 2, 3, 4 and 26 of the HDPF and paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework. That conflict would in part arise because there is not a specific functional need for the house to be located in the countryside.
However, I consider that providing one house in this location, given the absence of harm to the countryside’s landscape character and the proximity of other dwellings, would not materially undermine the HDPF’s settlement strategy. I therefore conclude that this would be a suitable location for one dwelling.”
It was therefore considered that the principle of development had been established but the Inspector’s concerns needed to be addressed as part of a revised application:
“While I have found that this would be a suitable location for an additional dwelling, the provision of the house would be harmful to the spacious character and appearance of the area. The harm that I have identified gives rise to conflict with the HDPF and because of that conflict this would be an unsustainable form of development. I therefore conclude that the appeal should be dismissed.”
In response to the Appeal decision, ECE Planning, alongside the Applicant and PWG Architects made a number of changes to address the concerns raised by the Inspector. The changes included enlarging the size of the proposed plot and repositioning the proposed dwelling in order to achieve larger separation distances from the eastern and western boundaries. The changes also included limiting the proposed tarmacking of the site and proposing a shared driveway for the existing and proposed houses to use.
The project team undertook various studies in order to demonstrate that the application fully accorded with the character and appearance of the local area; this included studying the local areas eclectic mix of proximities and distances between properties, site areas and dwelling heights.
It was successfully demonstrated that the size of the proposed revised dwelling was appropriate for its substantial plot size, the setting and overall context of the area. The application was subsequently approved at Committee by Members.
Mr Tim Drake
Longbury Hill House, Storrington
Horsham District Council
Terry Brightmore, Terra Firma Designs
“Once again an excellent service from the team at ECE. They were able to interpret our design brief and work around the site constraints and were also able to increase the scale of the scheme from 16 to 24 units, increasing the value of the project and taking leadership of the planning process.”
Matt Heath, Director Dawson Heath Property Ltd
“Once again an excellent service from the Planning team at ECE. Good value, great attitude to work, proactive and easy to get along with.”
Ben Cheal, Managing Director Roffey Homes Ltd
“ECE Planning have provided a friendly, yet highly professional service, displaying both their detailed planning knowledge and strategy on many occasions. Chris, Sam and Karen have been consistently excellent on managing the planning aspects of all projects we have worked with them on, and would hope to continue that relationship beyond the current live and recently completed projects.”
Tim Hague, Director of Property & Development Shoreham Port
“Sam and the team at ECE Planning have successfully steered three complicated commercial schemes through the planning system on behalf of the Shoreham Port Authority. We have been impressed by the professionalism, efficiency and dedication to progress our projects through the planning system under challenging timeframes. We are absolutely delighted with the results.”
Tim Warren, Planning and Land Manager, Jenner Group
“We have worked closely with ECE for a number of years and continue to build on an excellent working relationship with them based on true collaborative working and trust. ECE have undertaken feasibility work, planning advice, planning submission and working drawings for us on a number of projects and we have always found them to work to a high quality and professional in their approach. We will continue to enjoy working with them on future projects as our experience with them has always been very positive.”
Darren Jacob, Managing Director, ValidusLM
“ECE Planning have always worked pro-actively to address challenging planning matters, solving problems as they come up on this complex site. Chris and Sam managed the intricate submission and relationship with the client and key stakeholders with a dynamic and always positive ‘can-do’ attitude. I look forward to working further together.”