28 April 2015
As usual, I have a varied workload today with several residential projects needing my attention. I start out meeting with a private client who has received a letter from the council about using an outbuilding as a separate home. I’ll need to prepare a Lawful Development Certificate application for them so, after finding out more about the use of the property, we run through the evidence they can provide to support this and agree a schedule for submission.
After dealing with a single property issue, the rest of my morning is spent on a major planning application for a residential development in Cornwall. Our client, a national housebuilder, is appealing against the non-determination of their application and I am working on the appeal statement.
During the afternoon, I attend a pre-application meeting at South Somerset District Council with a local housebuilder client. The application under discussion includes a proportion of affordable housing lower than the council’s adopted policy requirement. However, the council wants to reduce the pressure on its greenfield sites so is keen to see this brownfield development delivered. Subject to an open book assessment, they are willing to accept a lower level of affordable housing. I travel to and from the meeting with the client which gives us an opportunity to talk this through.
Once back in the office, I sit down with one of our directors to discuss a new project where another local housebuilder is searching for potential residential development sites within the rural villages of West Dorset. One of the strengths of WYG is our multidisciplinary capacity and we are working with our Cardiff landscape team on this project. They will create a GIS model so that our client’s criteria for sites can be weighted and presented on a heat map. This is the first project of its type for us and we are hoping that it will lead to similar instructions.
After this, it’s time to go and pick up my little boy from nursery.