Bumper fortnight for Boyer’s London office
Boyer’s London office has had a number of successes within the previous fortnight. On Wednesday evening Boyer secured a unanimous resolution to grant planning permission from the London Borough of Kingston’s Planning Committee for the redevelopment of a site to create a 19 bed care home (Class C2) for a specialist operator focused on high needs specialist memory care.
On Thursday evening Boyer secured resolutions to grant planning permission from the London Borough of Havering’s Planning Committee for two planning applications related to a single wider site. The proposals involved a reconfiguration and optimisation of an existing builders merchant unit and yard. This reconfiguration enabled a separate planning application for a residential led-redevelopment of part of the wider site of to create a part 7, part 5, part 4 storey building providing 47 new homes, 35% of which would be affordable homes.
Last week, Boyer also secured planning permission and listed building consent from Westminster City Council for changes of use and associated works to six properties within a terrace in Covent Garden. The properties were in retail use throughout, although the upper floors of each were not required by the tenants. Boyer secured permission to change the upper floors to a mixture of residential and office use. A number of internal works to a listed building, combined with external alterations to the properties, and following successful negotiations planning permission was issued.
Over the last month Boyer have represented clients at planning inquiries, the first of which was allowed by a decision issued this week. This involved an appeal against the London Borough of Lewisham’s decision to refuse an application for the change of use of a hotel, located above a public house in New Cross, to four residential units. At the appeal Boyer put forward compelling arguments to demonstrate that the residential conversion would not harm the viability of the public house, nor hamper the ability of the pub to operate, whilst defending the proposals against the Agent of Change principle introduced within the Intend to Publish London Plan.
Boyer will be publishing more detailed articles relating to each of these successes in the coming weeks.