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October 9th, 2019
City Planning is delighted to obtain planning permission for the change of use of The Beehive Public House in Marylebone, Westminster to residential. This required collating an evidence base to demonstrate that there was no short to medium term prospects of the public house re-opening. The evidence base was scrutinised by specialist consultants and found to be robust.
September 9th, 2019
Kelly Rose joins City Planning as Director of Transport and Access and brings with her 16 years’ experience in the industry. She is expanding the expertise of the business to offer transport planning and inclusive design services.
January 22nd, 2018
City Planning successfully obtained permission for the redevelopment of an existing mews house in Kensington to create a family home. City Planning first obtained planning permission at appeal against RB Kensington and Chelsea's decision to refuse permission to convert the existing garage to residential accommodation. City Planning then obtained planning permission to extend and alter the rear roofslope, significantly improving the standard of the accommodation the dwelling provided.
January 11th, 2018
In January 2018, planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of a retail parade in the Sewardstone Road Neighbourhood Centre in Chingford. This involved air rights development for 19 private residential units and rear extensions to deliver additional and enhanced retail floorspace in a Neighbourhood Centre. The improvement to the retail offer has secured an anchor Co-op superstore and Costa Coffee. View project information
October 25th, 2017
City Planning has recently obtained two consents for two housing developments in the London Borough of Merton. In August 2017, planning permission was granted for a large residential house conversion in the West Wimbledon Conservation Area for eight flats. This was achieved through obtaining consent for large extensions to the property in the form of a three storey rear extension and inventive lightwell designs at the side and rear to create two basement flats. View Project Information
August 30th, 2017
This week saw the publication of Sadiq Khan's Affordable Housing and Viability SPG. The SPG sees a step change in how affordable housing will be considered by the Mayor and indeed London Boroughs. We thought it would be helpful then to provide you with a breakdown of the document together with our thoughts on its content. Click here to read more.
August 17th, 2017
City Planning have had a hat trick of appeal successes over the summer. Two have been in high value areas in Kensington and Chelsea relating to an additional storey and extensions to a property just off Kensington Church Street and the conversion of a mews garage in Petersham Place where the LPA wanted to remove all parking permits from the property. The other appeal was just off Barnes High Street in Richmond for a new build house that had been dismissed at appeal following large numbers of objections from local residents. Click here for more details.
March 3rd, 2017
In March 2017, our scheme for a 90 bed HMO development for team accommodation at the Butlin’s Bognor Regis Resort was granted planning permission. The development includes a manager’s flat as well as numerous shared kitchens and communal areas. The accommodation is part of a larger scheme to re-house many of the Butlin’s team members off site. The development will improve accommodation for Butlin’s team members thereby enabling Butlin’s to retain and recruit specialist people for their team. This will also increase the capacity of visitors to the site.
March 3rd, 2017
In January 2017 City Planning successfully obtained planning permission for a flatted development in Soho. The application proposed a double-pitched mansard roof extension to the four storey property in Soho, thereby creating four 4 high quality residential units in an extremely highly sustainable location. The development will make a valuable contribution to Westminster’s housing targets. City Planning has been instructed to advise on CIL matters prior to work starting on site. View Project Information
March 3rd, 2017
In January 2017, our scheme for a 33 bed co-living (HMO) development in Harrow was approved at Planning Committee. The development is the third and final phase of development at Kirkfield House. When completed Kirkfiled House will provide 47 one-bed units, 8 family sized units, by way of the two storey extension, and a 33 bed co-living facility. The scheme will make a valuable contribution to Harrow’s housing needs and targets. City Planning are currently advising on implantation of CIL matters. View Project Information
March 3rd, 2017
In February 2017, City Planning successfully obtained planning permission for the change of use of a community use (public library) to financial and professional services (Class A 2). Despite an Article 4 Direction being placed on the town centre restricting A2 uses, City Planning were successfully able to argue that such a use contributed positively to the vitality and viability of Camberwell Town Centre. They were also able to argue that the loss of a Community use in this instance was acceptable in Planning Policy terms.
March 3rd, 2017
The de-conversion of two family units to create a large family unit was won at appeal (informal hearing) in January 2017. This has created a much needed family sized house in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. City Planning are extremely proud of this result. De-conversions in central London are extremely contentious and this hard fought appeal victory goes against the tide of recent appeal decisions in the Royal Borough. View project information
October 8th, 2016
Westminster Council have approved our scheme for three self-contained flats in Brewer Street, Soho. The scheme involves a new double pitched mansard roof which accommodates a three bedroom maisonette flat, and the conversion of the upper floors to two self-contained flats. City Planning are currently advising on CIL matters prior to work starting on site. View project information
September 12th, 2016
LB Ealing Planning Committee approved this scheme for 4 family houses in September 2016. The scheme demolishes a vacant community hall to provide four high quality family houses, addressing an identified shortage of family housing in the borough. The new homes have been sensitively designed to fit within the streetscene and each house will incorporate photovoltaic panels to meet London Plan CO2 reduction targets. View project information
September 10th, 2016
In September, our scheme for a six storey residential development in Hackney was unanimously approved by Planning Committee. The development re-uses a brownfield site and provides 17 new dwellings in an area with excellent public transport accessibility. In addition, the building’s high quality design will enhance this part of Upper Clapton Road. View project information
August 18th, 2016
In August 2016, Arun District Council Planning Committee approved the conversion of Ashley House, a vacant care home, to a 36 bed HMO to be used by Butlins for team accommodation. The conversion will bring back into effective use a redundant building, and the accommodation will be refurbished to a high standard with modern facilities. View project information
April 19th, 2016
Planning permission granted for a new-build mixed use retail/residential development on Commercial Rd in Tower Hamlets.
April 14th, 2016
Sutton's Planning Committee approved our extension and renovation of a current HMO to provide 52 rooms in total for Charterhouse PD. Works are soon to start on the extension and renovation of this HMO.
March 23rd, 2016
Harrow's Planning Committee approved two additional storeys to the building to the earlier approved 45 unit scheme for SAV Group. Works on phase 1 are already underway and works on phase 2 are planned to start imminently.
February 18th, 2016
The GLA are currently consulting on proposals to allow upward extensions on buildings in London.