Following refusal of a previous application submitted by a third party De Pol were appointed by a Warrington based farmer with agricultural land in Warrington, Wigan and Salford to secure planning permission for a new office and welfare building within the designated Green Belt.
The proposal involved replacement of three existing portacabins (one of which was sited in breach of planning control) with a bespoke designed office and welfare building; changing room facilities and a canteen. As lead consultants on the project De Pol managed all aspects of the application and supported the documents with a robust Planning Statement to demonstrate compliance with local policies and Green Belt objectives.
De Pol also worked with the client to agree a detailed brief and appointed an architect to achieve a design that was commensurate with the rural location. The final design was based on traditional detailing and significant negotiations were had with the planners to ensure unnecessary conditions were avoided and materials of construction were agreed in advance. As such the client was able to start the building work straight away.
The submission showed a significant turn-around compared to the first application and it obtained a recommendation for approval from the Planning Officer and gained unanimous approval from the Council’s Planning Committee.