Allocation of site for 35 dwellings

MB Planning was commissioned by a small developer in Hampshire to promote a site on the edge of a large village in Hampshire for residential development.


The site was promoted through the formation of a Neighbourhood Plan covering the village, which sought, among other things, to allow local people to decide where would be the best location within the village for new housing development over the next 15 years.


Over a 3 year period, MB Planning helped promote the site through a number of promotional documents, representations to various drafts of the Neighbourhood Plan, and attending a number of meetings with the Neighbourhood Plan authors to deal with queries relating to the site as they arose.


At an early stage in the formation of the Neighbourhood Plan, MB Planning secured support for the allocation of the site for a development of 35 dwellings.  This support duly carried through to the adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan.  Our client's agricultural land site has now seen a significant uprise in value, thanks to the work completed by MB Planning. 



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Approved:  8 dwelling development in Shirley, Southampton

MB Planning are pleased to advise we have recently secured planning permission for the redevelopment of a former car park in the Shirley area of Southampton for the development of 8 flats.

A previous planning application for 10 flats had been refused.  The landowner contacted MB Planning to review the refusal reasons and come up with a viable alternative form of development for the site that would overcome the Council's concerns.

Working with local architect Chris McDermott, MB Planning provided guidance on the design of the building, including ensuring the layout for the site ensured sufficient parking and amenity space was provided (something the previous application had failed to achieve).  A noise survey was also commissioned to satisfy a further concern the Council had regarding the noise impact nearby commercial uses could have on the site.

Once the application was submitted, MB Planning kept in close contact with the planning officer.  Some minor concerns relating to aspects of the proposed site layout, design and proposed building materials were raised by the Council.  MB Planning ensured these queries were promptly dealt with to ensure the application continued to progress towards a recommendation for approval.

After submitting amended plans, the Council were satisfied the proposal complied with all relevant planning policies and dutifully approved the planning application.

If you have an underused or derelict site and you are looking to maximise its development potential, contact MB Planning today for free and impartial advice.



Above:  View of part of the site in its current undeveloped state

Below:  View of the front elevation of the approved development

Planning permission granted for 2 dwelling development in Otterbourne

MB Planning are pleased to announce that we recently secured planning permission for the redevelopment of a small site in Otterbourne, near Winchester.


Working alongside Haus UK architects, a planning application for a 2 dwelling development was submitted to Winchester City Council.  The design was intended to blend in with the surroundings, while at the same time allow a highly sustainable development to replace the existing dwelling.  The development also required the protection of a protected tree in the rear garden, limiting the scope of extending the built form to the rear.  In order to maximise the floor space, a basement, offering access to the rear garden and plenty of natural light was proposed.

The Planning Officer was fully satisfied with all elements of the proposal, advising the development provides a well designed and sustainable higher density of development that will deliver attractive family dwellings.

Do you have a site that you consider could be redeveloped to provide additional dwellings?  Contact MB Planning for a free assessment of the potential of your site today.



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Approved:  redevelopment of site in Bitterne, Southampton

MB Planning have recently secured planning permission for the redevelopment of a single dwelling to two flats in the Bitterne area of Southampton.

Our client wanted to maximise the potential of the site by providing a higher density of development than a single dwelling.  MB Planning assessed the site, and advised that the property could be extended and sub-divided into two separate flats.

MB Planning steered the design to ensure that the ground floor flat would comply with Southampton City Council’s policy of ensuring that family homes are not lost to smaller flats.  The policy requires that with house conversions to flats, at least 30% of the flats need to be capable of accommodating a family.  The Council define this as providing at least 3 bedrooms and offering access to private amenity space.

A further issue that needed to be addressed was parking.  The site is unable to provide any off-street parking, and an intensity of use at the site would lead to an increase in on-street parking demand.  MB Planning was able to demonstrate that the additional burden on on-street parking would be minimal and there was sufficient parking capacity available on the surrounding road infrastructure to accommodate the parking demand arising from the proposed development.

Despite some neighbour objections, the Council were satisfied the proposal complied with all relevant planning policies and dutifully approved the planning application.

If you have a site you are looking to redevelop to maximise its potential, contact MB Planning today for free and impartial advice.



Outline planning permission for 3 dwellings in Andover

MB Planning worked on behalf of the landowner of a large residential plot on the edge of Andover to secure outline planning permission for 3 new dwellings, as well as the conversion of an existing outbuilding into a dwelling, and the removal of an agricultural tie attached to two properties at the site (more on this application here).


The site had a number of constraints to overcome, most notably ecology.  During the course of the application, issues relating to highways and landscape were both raised by the Council, but satisfactorily overcome with negotiation and amended layout plans.


MB Planning was involved with the site from the initial concept vision of our client, and worked tirelessly over a two year period to secure no less than four separate planning permissions at the site.

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Environmentally friendly dwelling in Brighton

MB Planning worked alongside Haus UK architects in presenting a planning application for a single dwelling on a plot of land in Brighton. The proposed dwelling consisted of a high quality design, but more importantly, the proposed dwelling intends to become one the most sustainable and environmentally friendly dwelling in Brighton, and indeed one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly dwellings across the southern UK.


MB Planning was responsible for identifying the main planning constraints relating to the site. Following this analysis, MB Planning prepared a planning statement to demonstrate how the proposed development could overcome these constraints, as well as demonstrating how the proposed dwelling would incorporate features such as renewable energy sources to ensure the building would be as environmentally friendly as possible

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Planning appeal success in Lymington

MB Planning was commissioned to prepare an appeal against the decision of New Forest District Council to refuse planning permission for a dwelling at a site in Pennington, Lymington.


The site lies within residential surroundings, and the Council did not oppose the principle of the development. However, the Council objected that the dwelling would not comply with the character of the area (the proposed dwelling being modern and the surroundings typical 1960s/1970s style houses). The Council also raised objection on the grounds that a financial contribution towards affordable housing was required.


MB Planning prepared an appeal statement that robustly attacked the Council’s objections. The Planning Inspector determined that although the proposed dwelling did not resemble the appearance of the surrounding properties, the high quality design and the limited visibility of the site was more than sufficient to overcome this concern. Furthermore, the Planning Inspector determined that the Council had been unreasonable in seeking a financial contribution towards affordable housing, and therefore concluded that the proposed development did not need to make any financial contribution to the Council’s affordable housing fund.


The Planning Inspector therefore fully endorsed the arguments made by MB Planning, and duly allowed the appeal.

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