Success Stories

Ealing : residential won on appeal

Owners of a house and workshop on Acton/ Chiswick border planned conversion and a new house. After protracted negotiations with Ealing planning, and redesign, there remained an unacceptable requirement for a planning legal agreement, involving a cash payment and withholding parking permits. We took the scheme to appeal, and the Planning Inspector agreed that all the council's requirements were unreasonable. Permission for substantial extensions and conversion to four flats granted.

Hillingdon : company's training centre retained after appeal hearing

A rapidly-expanding servicing company installed temporary timber buildings for their training centre, on a yard near their West Drayton headquarters. Although not prominent, the buildings were in a conservation area and the council refused permission. As it was essential to keep the training centre operating we negotiated with the planners about various amendments, whilst also pursuing two appeals.

The Planning Inspectorate agreed to a Hearing, at which the Inspector accepted the amendments, and granted permanent permission for retention of the buildings. Careful handling over an extended period allowed breathing space, and the business was unaffected throughout.

Acton : industrial site revamp, planners' objections resolved

The company owning a sizeable industrial site (South Acton W3) needed a more flexible planning permission so that the building could be divided to meet the needs of various new tenants. But the architects involved had received confusing advice from the planners, who were requiring more application fees and refusing to register the application.

Recommended by local commercial surveyors, we were able to find a solution that simplified matters and pursued new negotiations, leading to the flexible employment use permission that was needed; we also got permission for an A3 café in part of the frontage.

Client, Tom Kavanagh; with Whitman & Co Commercial, W4

Greenford : redevelopment of prominent commercial corner agreed

Negotiated planning permission, prominent corner site in Greenford Broadway, for the owner who has built up the business over many years. Mixed use redevelopment – replacement greengrocery shop, juice bar, and restaurant above, all with much improved appearance and servicing.

Numerous planning issues resolved pre-application and in negotiation : planning permission achieved with no legal agreement required.

Architecture by William Hardman Associates, Ealing (scheme photo).

South Bucks : residents' objections upheld

Thirty neighbours needed professional help to oppose a substantial development of a sports club and grounds, including 14 houses, behind their homes. Kevin Newson was recommended by an established Surveyors Practice and urgently met the residents, researched, and presented a detailed planning objection. South Bucks Council refused the application for the reasons argued.