Friday, 27 June 2014

Planning Appeal allowed & Costs Awarded: Vicarage Lane, Elworth

This scheme for four new residential dwellings was recently granted planning permission, secured by cb3 design and in conjunction with Emery Planning Partnership town planning consultancy.

Vicarage Lane Site Plan
Vicarage Lane Scheme Site Plan


The site comprises a dilapidated timber church hall in a residential area of Elworth, Sandbach, South Cheshire and is surrounded by an eclectic mix of Edwardian terraces, detached and semi-detached houses and bungalows.

 The original scheme was recommended for approval by the Local Planning Authority but was refused by the Planning Committee in the face of officer support and pre-application advice. After a very brief appeal period the decision was overturned and permission was granted. The inspector’s report was critical of committee members stating that they had behaved unreasonably and that the Council had delayed a development which should have been permitted and that no substantive reason for refusal was given. A cost claim has been awarded in this instance, which whilst not fully reimbursing our client for the time, cost, delay and frustration, goes some small way to providing vindication for their efforts.

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