Successful development of garden land for new residential development

March 3, 2022 10:16 am Published by

The West Malling office of TKP has recently successfully obtained outline planning permission for 5 detached dwellings in rear garden land of a family dwelling situated between West Malling and Kings Hill.

The site was previously refused planning consent for 6 detached dwellings on the basis of being overdevelopment of the site, as well as lacking sufficient information on ecology, heritage and noise to demonstrate an acceptable form of development.

TKP were appointed following previous success within the same area for an infill plot for a neighbour and, working alongside Ubique Architects, revised the strategy for development arriving at appropriate plans for 5 well-proportioned, detached properties and overcoming all of the previous reasons for refusal.

During consideration of the application no formal amendments were required to the submission, only technical clarification in connection with the noise assessment. In assessing the relationship of the proposed development with the current setting the council’s report noted “Plot sizes are comparable with the area and the more recently granted and built additional dwellings within Orwell Spike. The dwellings would be two storey and are designed to be of similar and sympathetic scale and height to their surroundings. Accordingly, the dwellings are not considered overpowering when seen in context with the neighbouring properties.”

The application was subject to a series of developer contributions that were reviewed and deemed to be both necessary and reasonable, and importantly acceptable in terms of considering the overall project viability given the context of the neighbouring land (rear gardens to 2 neighbours) currently at appeal for 9 dwellings on the basis of the development being unviable with the full level of developer contributions sought.

The outcome for the client represents a continued relationship with Ubique Architects to deliver positive outcomes for the client.