Two dwellings approved in Banwell, North Somerset

March 2, 2020 12:48 pm Published by
Image Credit: KWL Architects

Tetlow King Planning (TKP) is celebrating its success in obtaining full planning permission for two dwellings in Banwell, North Somerset. John Sneddon, Managing Director and Oliver Marigold, Principal Planner at TKP were planning agents, on behalf of applicants Andrew Wilson Partnership and Apex One.

The site is challenging in terms of changing topography. It lies behind the Grade II former Ship Inn and within the village Conservation Area.

Before TKP’s involvement, the site had a history of applications for dwellings being refused, both by the Council and at appeal which related to four dwellings. These were refused for a variety of reasons including ground stability, parking, inadequate turning space, protected species and neighbour’s living conditions.

TKP have been engaged in the scheme since April 2018. A further application proposed two dwellings, a revised layout and the provision of a wildlife area. Nearby residents and the parish council continued to object to development of the site and the Council maintained refusal reasons in respect of overbearing impact, noise, disturbance and privacy.

After a recent appeal we submitted, the issues were successfully narrowed to just one – the position of two first floor windows. A further minor amendment to these windows meant that North Somerset Council’s planning officers were able to support the application (reference 19/P/2635/FUL).

On 19 February 2020 the Council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee agreed, after two meetings and a site visit, that planning permission should be granted.

This is an example of planning appeals and applications defining the full extent and details of complex issues so that the development team could move on and find solutions to a site with constraints that at first assessment seemed insurmountable.  

Assisting us in achieving consent were KWL Architects, Clarkson & Woods (ecology), NJP consulting engineers, Keyplan (renewable energy) and of course the clients, Andrew Wilson partnership and Apex One.