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dha planning secure permission for new Country House


dha planning have secured planning permission for a large country house replacement dwelling on land designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on the site of former agricultural buildings currently in use for game rearing.

The application was originally refused by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, owing to the size of the proposed dwelling in comparison to the existing modest cottage on site. An appeal was lodged however, which was considered at a three day public Inquiry.  dha planning appeared at the Inquiry as the expert Planning witness alongside a landscape architect and ecologist, whilst dha urban design produced the original dwelling design and plans. 

As detailed written evidence demonstrated, the proposals would result in a significant reduction of built form at the site and secure significant landscape enhancements through the introduction of new planting and habitat improvements to the benefit of the natural beauty of the area and a public footpath which runs through the site.  It was argued that a strict dwelling vs dwelling assessment was not appropriate in this instance, and that the site must be viewed in its context which included the many other buildings to to be removed.

In his decision, the Inspector endorsed this approach and praised the "well-designed dwelling", confirming that significant benefits to the AONB would be secured by the proposals, which outweighed any other policy objections. Accordingly, permission was granted subject to conditions


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