Wharfe Rural Planning were instructed to provide advice to a client who had two planning applications for extensions to their house in the Green Belt refused.   The site was in the former Macclesfield Borough Council area now subsumed in to Cheshire East Council. The property formed part of a linear development of approximately 15 dwellings along one side of a rural lane. All the properties were washed over as Green Belt in the Local Plan Proposals Map.

The Local Plan like many other local planning authorities the policy seeks to restrict extensions to dwellings in the Green Belt to 30%. Exceptions to this include buildings within ribbon development where the policy is more relaxed but less specific and is based on preventing ‘disproportionate additions’ along with other caveats.

The house is a 1950’s semi-detached property with three bedrooms and a floor area of 98sqm. Our clients had recently purchased the property, were expecting their first baby and wanted to extend and improve their new home.  Our client had engaged an architect who had submitted two applications over a period of nine months and yielded nothing but emotional strain and at considerable cost.

Our client was understandably nervous about committing to any further expense but our examples of previous successes in similar circumstances gave them the confidence to proceed. We were able to work with them and secured planning permission first time for their preferred development and an increase of 69sqm which represents a 70% increase in floor area.