Land rear of 105 Whites Road, fronting Deacon Road, Sholing (15/00180/FUL, 16/01359/FUL)

The client owned a semi-detached, corner property with a large rear garden.  Sanders Design Services got me on board with this project to advise the client on the best way to overcome a refusal for a pair of semi-detached houses at the site under Southampton City Council reference 15/00180/FUL.

Liaising the council’s case officer to fully understand the council’s concerns, a site concept for a part single and part two storey dwelling was devised and shared with the client.

The client then instructed Sanders Design Services Ltd to fully work-up the scheme for submission by myself, with a clear design and access statement setting out how the 15/00180/FUL reasons for refusal had been addressed.  It was also essential that an adequate garden space would be retained for 105 Whites Road itself.

Close dialogue with the client then led to further design adjustments and the submission of a full application under council reference 16/01359/FUL.

Cues were taken from nearby dwellings to inform and articulate the final appearance of the dwelling, creating a spacious 3-bed, family home with wrap around, private garden space.

Keeping a close track on public comments made on the council’s webpages, I was able to comment on their concerns and convince the case officer that the revised proposals had fully addressed previous reasons for refusal.

Permission was then quickly granted under Officer delegated powers and the proposals have subsequently been commenced and were nearing completion when I last passed the site on 3 November 2017.

Testimonial from client:

“Steve from the outset was accommodating, quickly arranging a site meeting to discuss possibilities. He was easy to keep in contact with and realistic when suggesting suitable plans, accounting for our preferences. He made the process much less stressful than it would have otherwise been as he knew all the appropriate procedures and current legislation. The planning was achieved on the first submission which was extremely pleasing.”