Planning Achievements in 2016

It has been an exceptionally busy and successful year for the Sibbett Gregory Planning Team, in which consent was obtained for over 1150 dwellings and a significant amount of commercial and community development.

In conjunction with Western Design Architects, Sibbett Gregory secured outline planning permission for the second, third and fourth phases of a development which includes approximately 800 dwellings at Weymouth, many of which will be affordable. A retail unit has been pre-let by Sibbett Gregory to the Co-op as a convenience store.

In conjunction with architects, Morgan Carey secured the allocation of land at Blandford for up to 350 dwellings and community facilities.  Subsequently, the team coordinated an environmental impact statement to secure outline planning permission for up to 350 dwellings, subject to a Section 106 planning obligation to secure commercial and environmental infrastructure.

After a four year battle planning permission has eventually been obtained to provide a Crematory within the basement of a service chapel, currently under construction in the Green Belt in the vicinity of Lytchett Minster and Corfe Mullen.

Planning permission was also obtained on appeal for 5 houses on land previously identified as an Important Open or Wooded Area in Stourpaine.  This Conservation led scheme was designed by architect Peter Thompson.

The team also coordinated the submission of a successful application for a study of lawful use for a yacht haven without compliance with conditions previously imposed.  This effectively doubled the previously authorised capacity to widen the scope of activity within the marina.

During the year there were also a number of other successful planning applications and appeals including the removal of a Section 52 agreement that was entered into in 1990 restricting the occupancy of a dwelling house and potentially doubling the value of the property.

Earlier in the year the team assisted Richard Horden international award winning architect in a successful appeal for an additional dwelling within the grounds of his home, which is a modern building also designed by him listed as being of architectural interest.

Permission was also granted for a development of 10 dwellings located in open countryside outside Weymouth in respect of which Sibbett Gregory had prepared a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.

The team is currently engaged in a number of applications and appeals as well as promoting the allocation of development land through local plans and neighbourhood plans throughout Dorset and beyond.

For further information please contact:

Malcolm Brown, Sibbett Gregory 01202 661177