New improved plans
The revised plans have now been returned to the council. They now have 14 days to respond to us with some formal written advice.
We have addressed the major issue being the limited amount of ‘useable’ amenity space.
The house has been widened to now meet the boundary wall on either side and the rear wall has been bought back from the rear fence to leave a large 30 sq metre block of amenity space at the rear of the property.
We have also provided drawings of the 2 storey proposal which the council wanted to see as a comparison.
Our view is that they will not prefer this option as it raises too many of the same objections that saw the last application refused.
However when they view it alongside the revised single storey plans there is almost an implied: ‘which one do we like better’ decision to be made which should hopefully help the single storey look that much more like an acceptable proposal.
The internal layout of the single storey is very different but we don’t feel like we have had to compromise on the overall design. In fact we have actually come to the view that we prefer this to the first proposal. It feels a more comfortable space, and dare I use the word: a more ‘useable’ space.
I can’t help but admit there is a niggling feeling of what other negatives may come out in the final letter. It all seemed very friendly in our prior meeting with the council and the lack of any real negatives that they were able to articulate to us makes me wonder if it was just because they would have had to bring them up face to face.
Now that they have to commit pen to paper and respond to us and without being face to face, the question is: will there be some new points that we will then have to consider?
As we stand though we have done exactly what they have asked of us and successfully dealt with their number one stated opposition to the scheme so we are hoping for a relatively positive response! Fingers crossed…