Case Study 8 - Orchard House, Gloucestershire

Objective

To get consent for a large outdoor swimming pool in an area of land previously agricultural. The Local Authority had identified that the site was outside of the residential curtilage and the objective of the application was to get not only consent for the pool but also change of use from agricultural to residential.

Philosophy

Reviewing the documents in situ at the Local Authority offices provided an opportunity to establish early on that the client had acquired the site within the last 10 years and records existed within the Local Authority office to show applications for the house within the residential curtilage in that key period. It was therefore inevitable that any application would have to take on board that this was a formal application to establish the change of use from agricultural to residential.

The appointment of a planning consultant was essential to the application to ensure that the letter of support made the appropriate arguments, justifying the proposed changes. The information provided by the duty officer at the Local Authority with regard to the extent of the conservation area was initially wrong and source documents had to be obtained to establish the boundary, which influenced the application significantly. The successful decision notice is attached.

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