Women in Planning NW Conference

A very enjoyable and informative day spent learning about the National Planning Policy Framework: One Year On. A wide range of speakers and expert panels covering a variety of specific topics such as housing, logistics and the natural environment along with more general sessions on approaches at appeal, the planning inspectorate and legal updates.

Children’s Nursery

Planning approvals have been achieved for a number of changes to a well established nursery following its purchase by new owners. The hours of opening were extended, the number of children increased, a car parking layout agreed and a small extension, to facilitate a more practical internal layout, approved. The owners were happy with the […]

Back to the coal face….

I have just completed a six month, part time contract within the Development Management section at Wigan Council. As a Principal Planner I was responsible for dealing with a range of application from major housing applications to schemes in the Green Belt and applications for prior approval. My involvement was from the pre-application stage right […]

Permanent approval achieved for a new storage facility in Horwich

Earlier this year planning approval was achieved by KG Planning for a new storage facility in Horwich.  This approval was however only for a five year period.  I have subsequently worked closely with the applicant and recently submitted an amended design solution to try and achieve a permanent permission.  We applied to replace the temporary […]

Planning Inspectorate appeal timescales

These are the latest statistics from the Planning Inspectorate with regards to the time it is taking them to determine different types of planning appeals. A search of previous figures (October 2017 and February 2018) highlights the fact that the time taken to determine written representation appeals has increased from 20 weeks in October to […]

Permission has been granted for 48 self storage units on land adjacent to Iceland in Horwich.  KG Planning has worked closely with the applicant from the outset and has provided planning advice throughout the planning process.  The Council’s concerns with regards to the existing trees on the site, the impact of the proposal on visual amenity […]

Planning permission gained for a retrospective house extension in the Green Belt

KG Planning was pleased to receive notice that this well designed extension had gained planning approval. The council agreed that the scale of the extensions were sympathetic and subordinate to the original house and that the use of matching stone and slate roof tiles ensured that the main extension and porch respected the character and appearance […]

Overbearing extension successfully thwarted

KG Planning was extremely happy to learn that a large scale and overbearing side extension had been refused by Bolton Council.  We had been involved in writing an objection letter on behalf of a neighbour and advising on the best way to resist inappropriate development such as that proposed.  The client was extremely happy with […]

Certificate of Lawfulness successfully resisted

KG Planning Ltd provided advice and prepared a letter of objection in relation to an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness.  The application was for the use of a residential property as a residential care home for two young people. Taking into account recent appeal decisions and High Court judgements it was argued that the […]