When presentation is key – planning approved for architect designed home in Tetbury


We provided planning support and strategy regarding a stunning architect designed development in Tetbury.  Its subsequent approval is a prime example of how we as planning consultants really add value to the application process.

The scheme:

The scheme sought permission for a 4 bed replacement dwelling with a detached garage on land in Tetbury.

The landowner had received negative pre-application advice which was primarily critical of the bulk and mass of the proposed dwelling. 

Responding positively to negative pre-app:

Plainview Planning were brought in to provide guidance and strategy in respect to overcoming the Council’s concerns.

Following our review of the proposals and pre-application advice from Cotswold District Council, it was clear to us that this was a high quality scheme and that the majority of the Council’s comments were unjustified.

The Plainview team prepared a planning strategy for moving the project forwards and advised on the approach to be taken to present the scheme in its best light with minimal changes.

We also set out a framework for a new Design & Access Statement (DAS), and worked on this in collaboration with the architect, Millar Howard Workshop.   

The thrust of the new DAS was to provide a robust contextual appraisal with a step by step guide to show how this building would respond to local context and planning policy.  

From stalled application to planning approval:

The outcome was a positively received planning application that secured planning consent with minimal changes to the original design.

We are delighted that our involvement saw a stalled application get approval through clarity of presentation of the key messages in relation to planning policy and design, ensuring a positive outcome for both the client and the local Council.

About us:

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IMAGE SOURCE: Millar Howard Workshop 2016