De Pol were instructed by Holland Hall hotel in Lancashire to obtain planning permission and listed building consent for the extension of the hotel. The building is Grade II listed and located in the rural greenbelt area of West Lancashire, close to a copse of ancient woodland and some protected trees.
De Pol worked with an architect and West Lancashire Borough Council to agree a design that conserved the appearance and historic character of the building whilst giving the hotelier the extra bedroom space and facilities needed to appeal to major online booking agents. During the course of the application we commissioned reports and liaised with statutory consultees to gain their support to the proposals.
Through our planning submissions we were able to successfully demonstrate that the positive financial impact on the business would contribute to the long term maintenance of the listed building; and this combined with other material considerations (such as the positive benefits of increasing tourism to the area) amounted to very special circumstances sufficient to justify extension of the building in the greenbelt.
Planning permission and listed building consent were approved.