Unlocking Potential for a Veterinary Practice with residential flats
Preferred Partner Involvement
Both the Planning and Architecture teams worked together on this project to deliver extensions and alterations to two buildings on the site, to provide five flats, a veterinary surgery and associated outbuildings. The buildings on site had fallen into disrepair and so WS were approached to unlock the site’s potential, aiding its transformation into a community asset and new homes. The buildings in question are not Listed at a national level but are included in the Reigate and Banstead Local List, meaning that there are restrictions on development, and proposals must have a sensitive approach with suitable and appropriate designs. The complex nature of this proposal led it to be taken through the pre-application process by the Planning team and was also taken to Committee by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council.
The pre-application process allows a platform to understand the Council’s concerns with proposals and take on board any advice they put forward to make the proposals more likely to be approved when the planning application is submitted. The result of pre-application for this project was that the Council deemed the principle of development to be acceptable and that more information should be submitted with relation to trees, landscaping and materials given the Locally Listed nature of the site and the adjoining site. Proposals on Listed Buildings and buildings that appear on Local Lists are more likely to be refused if due diligence has not been paid to the appearance of proposal and the need for the character to be in-keeping with the traditional nature of the Listed Building. Some tricky cases can be referred to Committee, where a board of Councillors in the Local Planning Authority will hear evidences for and against the proposal to decide whether it should be approved or not, taking into account all the relevant factors including neighbour comments and concerns about development.