Planning success in a complex site in Watford

13th February 2019
By Billy Pattison

On behalf of Woolbro Morris Limited, Boyer has secured planning permission in Watford after successfully overcoming a complex range of planning issues resulting from the site’s location within a conservation area and surrounded by nearby Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II buildings.

The scheme involved the erection of a single storey roof extension to create five new residential dwellings above a former office building in Watford town centre. This planning permission followed a successful prior approval application, also handled by Boyer, which established the change of use of the building’s lower floors from offices to 34 residential dwellings.

The Council’s original pre-application feedback set out that they would not support the principle of a roof extension within this sensitive location. However, Boyer’s planning submission, which was supported by a Heritage Statement, responded to the pre-application comments by providing a detailed assessment of the potential impact of the proposed development on the setting of the nearby heritage assets. The proposals involved a number of improvement works to the building, including the removal of an unsightly external stair, and consequently the Heritage Statement concluded that the proposals would provide an enhancement to the setting of the listed buildings and the conservation area.

Boyer also successfully addressed an objection from local residents relating to a perceived impact on neighbouring amenity. The planning application was approved under delegated powers, with officers concluding that the roof extension would preserve the setting of the heritage assets.

Boyer looks forward to a continued successful working relationship with Woolbro Morris Limited.

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