44 Leigh Road, Eastleigh (J/17/80435, F/17/81222)

Instructed again by RT Homes, I prepared an application to Eastleigh Borough Council, seeking its prior approval for the conversion of former offices to 5 flats. It was necessary to fully research the planning history of the site to establish the lawfulness of the existing Class B1 (a) office use, so as to trigger the relevant permitted development rights under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended). I prepared the necessary floor layouts to support the application, which was quickly supported by the council under reference J/17/80435.

The client then instructed Nicholas Jenkins of Wildem Architecture Ltd and myself to add value to the project by utilising the main roof void and exploring the potential of a first floor rear extension.  This was quickly submitted for the council’s consideration.

The council case officer considered some adjustments were necessary, to protect the light and outlook to a neighbouring first floor flat and improve overall headroom within the top flat.  Whilst I would not normally promote such a wide dormer window, its relative lack of visibility in the wider public realm was accepted by the council.  Planning permission was granted under reference F/17/81222.