Flat Conversion

11 Feb 2009
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Hi, I have put plans in to split my Semi detached house into 2x flats. Two doors away there is a similar development.

One objection so far received quotes issues relating to the length of time scaffold has been around my house from a previous loft conversion , and the length of time that conversion has taken (Dec 2012 - Aug 2015).

The build started and stopped several times due to architect issues (I had to work off plan - see my other posts here about this), personal injury and family matters during this time, hence it has taken so long.

The Flat Conversion will not require any scaffold, am I wise to write to the Planning Officer to inform him ?

Is this a 'material consideration' for the planning department to include in its decision ?

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I don't see how this is a material consideration - but as FMT says, it's still a good idea to respond. Did I just agree with FMT?
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OK thanks for your comments ... will pen a note.

Found this info on the Richmond council website - I cant see any of my neighbours objections listed as a material planning consideration:

What is a valid objection to a planning application
The Council can only take into account 'material planning considerations' when looking at your comments. The most common of these (although not an exhaustive list) are shown below:

  • Loss of light or overshadowing
  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Visual amenity (but not loss of private view)
  • Adequacy of parking/loading/turning
  • Highway safety
  • Traffic generation
  • Noise and disturbance resulting from use
  • Hazardous materials
  • Smells
  • Loss of trees
  • Effect on listed building and conservation area
  • Layout and density of building
  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Landscaping
  • Road access
  • Local, strategic, regional and national planning policies
  • Government circulars, orders and statutory instruments
  • Disabled persons' access
  • Compensation and awards of costs against the Council at public enquiries
  • Proposals in the Development Plan
  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
  • Nature conservation
  • Archaeology
  • Solar panels
We cannot take into account matters which are sometimes raised but are not normally planning considerations such as:

  • The perceived loss of property value
  • Private disputes between neighbours
  • The loss of a view
  • The impact of construction work or competition between firms
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Ownerships disputes over rights of way
  • Fence lines etc
  • Personal morals or views about the applicant.
Please note: it is important to understand that the material considerations relevant to any particular application will need to be weighed in the final decision process according to their seriousness and relative importance.

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