Appeal Allowed Against Westminster City Council
Pimlico, London

D&M Planning were instructed to appeal against the decision of Westminster City Council to refuse planning permission and Listed Building Consent. The application sought the amalgamation of the lower ground floor flat with the upper floors to create one dwellinghouse and therefore the restoration of the Grade II Listed property back to its original form. The Council had refused the applications on the basis of land use and the loss of a residential dwelling and the subsequent creation of a family dwellinghouse over 200sqm.

Working closely with a range of professionals including barristers, heritage experts and architects, it was successfully argued that the planning balance of the scheme was favourable overall. The Inspector agreed that there were clear identifiable heritage benefits in the restoration of the property back to a single dwelling and that, whilst exceeding 200sqm, the layout would provide suitable and improved family accommodation.

The Inspector also granted a partial award of costs for unreasonable behaviour relating to the refusal to issue Listed Building Consent and the subsequent defence of such.

D&M Planning can demonstrate a successful track record in dealing with appeals, often working with third party specialist to great effect. Our experience has allowed us to network and work successfully with a range of highly qualified professionals to maximise appellants' chances of success