Our planning team was approached by a medium-sized holiday and mobile home park operator to provide advice on planning permission for a holiday lodge development, which had been obtained by a third party on a site that neighboured one of its established parks. The operator was interested in buying the holiday lodge site but was not initially willing to proceed because some of the conditions attached to the permission were onerous.
We met the operator to explain that a new planning application could be made to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) and suggested that our client should enter into an option agreement to ensure they would be in prime position to purchase the site if the LPA agreed to vary the conditions.
We subsequently submitted a planning application and attended a meeting with the LPA to explain that the conditions as originally worded meant it would be less viable to run a successful holiday park business at the site.
Our knowledge of numerous issues meant we were able to devise a convincing case and consequently the LPA granted a new planning permission with the onerous conditions reworded to reflect our suggestions.
As a result of our work, the prospects that the owner of the holiday lodge site will be able to sell it (most likely to our client) have been increased. This demonstrated that planning consultant’s knowledge of the planning process as well as project delivery can be vital to ensuring that planning permissions are actually valuable and implementable.