An important appeal win for us here at Hayston Developments & Planning Ltd. An application was made to Bridgend County Borough Council for extensions and alterations to a Cottage in the heart of the countryside in Pontycymer. This was refused. Following refusal by the Council the Client made the decision to appeal, with the continued support of Hayston.
Hayston Developments & Planning Ltd was engaged as the Agent for the design (planning drawings), planning strategy and appeal case submissions. We worked in conjunction with Mr Hilton Marlton of Hilton Marlton Design. As with all cases 'subjectivity' is always a factor and therefore high quality submissions are required in order to demonstrate and justify proposals are acceptable and in accordance with Policy. Hayston represented the Client at a Hearing on 19th July 2016. Hayston argued that the proposal delivered a sustainable design and development solution that not only improved and enhanced the visual appearance of the building and its functionality, but was also sympathetic to its rural environment.
On the 26th July 2016 the Planning Inspectorate concluded that the appeal against Bridgend County Borough Council was justified and that planning permission should be granted. Some comments the Planning Inspectorate made on the proposal were as follows:
"The form of the proposed rear extension would reflect the rural vernacular of the existing dwelling, both in its overall dimensions and in its modest windows and doors and, in this sense, would represent an improvement to the existing rear annexes, which have a domestic character and appearance unsympathetic to the rural context"..............
"Whilst I accept that there is some element of subjectivity in determining whether or not particular materials are attractive, I am conscious that Planning Policy Wales (PPW) says that architectural tastes should not be imposed arbitrarily and opportunities for innovative design solutions should not be inhibited".........................
"I consider that, due to the specific circumstances of the site and the quality and nature of the design, the extended dwelling would retain the character and appearance of a modest, traditional farm building. Consequently, I conclude that the proposal would accord with the objectives of the Local Development Plan".