A successful outcome has been achieved for a Shropshire couple who instructed FBC Manby Bowdler to assist with putting forward their objection to a neighbour’s planning proposal.
What was the case?
Mr and Mrs K were alarmed when they were notified by the Council that their neighbour was seeking planning permission for a very large extension. They were concerned that the extension would result in a loss of privacy for them, as well as overlooking in to their rear garden. They also felt that it would be overbearing, especially when using their rear patio, and that it would lead to a loss of light to some windows.
What was the outcome?
Mr and Mrs K instructed us to prepare an objection to the application, which was handled by an Associate in our Town and Country Planning team, which set out in detail why the proposal was considered to be inappropriate and did not accord with the Council’s planning policies and should therefore be refused. The letter was sent to the Council and copied to the neighbour.
Shortly after submission, the neighbour decided to amend the plans, so as to take into account our clients’ concerns, and came up with a revised proposal which was acceptable to them.
The case proves that if you object to a planning application, it can be crucial to set out your objections to the Council in detail, and also to make your neighbours aware of the issues and to encourage them to revise proposals to make them more acceptable.
After the conclusion of the case Mr and Mrs K commented as follows: “We were most impressed throughout the process with the advice and guidance given and the subsequent communications on our matter, and with the eventual outcome of the case.”