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If at first you don't succeed...

Published: 26/07/2021 By Chris Cary, Chartered Surveyor & Agricultural Valuer

If at first you don’t succeed...


A planning application refusal is guaranteed to put your clients in a bad mood however, just because you have been initially refused does not mean that the proposed scheme is a dead end.

2nd bite of the cherry, A case study example

We were recently approached by a new client in North Wiltshire who wanted to gain planning permission for an agricultural building on a 1.5 acre block of land adjoining his house. A local agent had submitted a full planning application on their behalf and were unfortunately, unsuccessful in securing a permission.  Thankfully, before losing hope completely, they were recommended to speak to The Woolley & Wallis Planning Department.

A fully evidenced application was submitted addressing the development plan and all relevant material considerations; including the fact that although the area of land in question was on the (very) small side, it was agricultural land which was capable of housing livestock and an agricultural barn was required for animal welfare purposes.

The site is positioned on the edge of Cotswold AONB, therefore evidence of the schemes impact upon the surrounding landscape viewpoints was provided to the planning office alongside a modest landscaping scheme; mitigating any concerns of the planning officer.

Due to the site’s proximity to a Romano-British settlement, there were concerns over the positioning of the proposed building. We offered to work alongside an archaeologist during the excavation phase to overcome these concerns which the planning officer agreed to and ultimately presented the last piece of the puzzle and resulted in a positive decision.

Chris Cary, Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer explained:

 “It is imperative to engage and work alongside the allocated planning officer, ultimately they are there to prevent poor development and to protect our beautiful landscapes. Give them everything they need and make their lives easy to determine applications successfully."

Due to our diligence, refusals are rarely delivered to the Woolley & Wallis clients, proven by our 98% success rate with 2021 planning applications.

If you would like to reinvigorate an old idea or discuss a new project please call the Farm & Rural Team at Woolley & Wallis Marlborough
01672 515252    marlborough@w-w.co.uk