The property was purchased by the client at auction. Prior to new ownership, a previous Agent and landowner had attempted to gain planning consent for residential use and failed to do so on three occasions. We analysed the site, context, Local Plan and title constraints to establish that there was a good prospect of gaining planning consent for residential use should an appropriate design be produced and more importantly, a suitable strategy be formulated to get through planning. As the site is partially in Flood Zone 3, it would be caught by the Sequential Test clause and thus the path through planning had to be concise and structured. This meant that the overall aims were split into 5 planning applications, some of which were small Discharge of Condition applications. Importantly the major extensions and significant external alterations (transition to Georgian architectural typology) would not go through with the initial Change of Use application. The conclusion has enabled a new family home in Pangbourne, Berkshire to come to fruition where supply is limited and demand is high, and equally important, help restore this historic central location in the attractive AONB village.
In one year, we had successfully received planning consent for all five planning applications and construction immediately commenced on gabion wall systems around the site to stabilise the land in the context of the River Pang, securing the land for the Applicant and significantly benefiting all immediate neighbours whose land adjoined the site and had been watching it gradually fall into disrepair over the years prior to our engagement.
The property was previously a derelict store building. Final consents led to a substantial 5-bedroom detached waterfront dwelling.
- On Site
- Planning Approval