Elsworthy Road, Primrose Hill

Our client approached us before purchasing the site in 2010, seeking advice on the likelihood of achieving permission for a new dwelling that would have most of its habitable space underground. Boyer’s Planners were involved from the beginning of the process, providing pre-application advice, advising on local consultation and preparing and managing the planning application, as well as managing the technical team.

Primrose Hill

Underground dwellings have caused controversy in inner London and the local authority has required in-depth assessment of the potential heritage, land stability, groundwater and flooding impacts. The high-profile application attracted over 70 comments, but has been applauded for making such inventive use of a very constrained site. Boyer Planning undertook extensive negotiations with officers at the Local Planning Authority to achieve a positive outcome for our client. The Council granted planning permission in November 2011.

We see great potential for this new way of living, both in terms of adding value and maximising the potential of constrained site. Boyer Planning is established itself as expert in managing the increasingly technical process of obtaining planning permission for basement living.