Appeal success for annexe in South Downs National Park 

Plainview Planning are delighted with a recent appeal decision to allow the erection of a much needed granny annexe to provide ongoing care for our client’s relative, in the garden of a home which sits within the South Downs National Park.

The original application was refused by Winchester City Council on grounds that it didn’t respond positively to the character and appearance of the area.  They determined that this was in contrary to their Local Plan Policy DP3 and Winchester District Local Plan Part 1 – Joint Core Strategy CP13.  They were also concerned about a lack of provision on site for suitable parking of vehicles.

We submitted a robust appeal statement which applied common sense and a clear understanding of Winchester’s Local Plan and Joint Core Strategy.  We described how the materials of the annexe and its scale had been carefully considered to ensure that it did assimilate comfortably into its rural and landscape context.   Since the proposed annexe was only an ancillary structure we justified that it would not require the provision of additional parking  and argued that concerns over parking provision were immaterial to this situation.

Our final point was to reaffirm that the proposed annexe conformed to the tenets of sustainable development as outlined in the National Planning Policy Framework and also accorded with government initiatives to improve social welfare and care for the older generation.

The appeal was allowed, with the decision letter confirming our arguments.

If you need assistance or guidance with your granny annexe application then please don’t hesitate to contact us at