Our client company appointed us to prepare a scheme to replace outdated and disused buildings, which had previously been used by Warrens Bakery, with five new family homes. The site lies within a heavily designated area, which is a World Heritage Site, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coast. It also sits next to a conservation area and a listed building.

The design of the dwellings is based on the local vernacular style, but with contemporary elements to provide for modern living. Following negotiations with the planning authority’s case officer, the scheme was recommended for approval, but was subsequently refused by the Planning Committee on the grounds of visual impact and loss of commercial space.

An appeal was lodged against that decision and was allowed by the appeal Inspector, who considered the proposal to be visually acceptable within the designated landscape and the loss of the commercial space justified for environmental reasons.

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