• Juliet Heap


Approval for Lawful Development Certificate (CLEUD)

Exciting news this afternoon that Southwark Council has approved our application for a certificate of lawful existing use for a residential dwelling in Borough, SE1.

The decision has been issued 3 weeks before the determination deadline which is great news for my client, giving them certainty over the use.  

Full details & submission documents can be found on the Council's planning website

Starter Homes for Londoners

The Housing White paper has finally been published and despite changes since the draft, starter homes are still likely to remain too expensive most Londoners and the first time buyers they're meant to help get on the ladder.

Appeal turnaround

What a great start to the year; I've just found out that the planning inspectorate has allowed an appeal for the use of glass balustrades surrounding a roof terrace at a property in a conservation area that Westminster Council had refused us permission for last year, saying that there would be no detrimental impact on the conservation area. 

Listed Building Appeal Success in Westminster

I had some great news last week; the third and final decision for an appeal I'd prepared and submitted for internal works to a Grade II listed building in Westminster had been allowed by the Planning Inspectorate. The proposed works included the provision of a suspended ceiling and the opening up of the mansard ceiling and insertion of a glazed screen at top floor level.

I'd been working with Hannah at FullerLong, who's a specialist heritage consultant,. This decision makes our success rate working together on listed buildings 100%, for which we're clearly very excited!  

Another positive decision

Last week saw Forest Heath Council agree that the as built amendments to Kentford Manor were not material and officers approved our application for non material amendments to the original scheme, sumitted under s96a of the Act. Amendments included access arrangements and changes to the internal layout so that the home could be used differently, this in itself resulted in changes to the elevations. 

Friday success story!

Happy days, I'm ending the week with Ferndale Road obtaining approval from Lambeth Council. Having had real trouble getting any firm indication from officers, it was great to have the CLEUD approved today. Nice and straight forward case, though you can never tell for sure till the decision's issued! 

Autumn update with appeal success

What a fabulous summer we've had here. Lots of sunshine and plenty of changes to the planning system to keep us planning consultants on our toes. 

Spring has Sprung

Is it really May already? This year is flying by! It'll be Christmas before you know it. When does Harrods open up it's Christmas department?

London Marathon

A slightly belated happy new year!

It's been a little hectic already over the last few weeks, which I shan't complain about (too much!). Having signed up to running for the London Marathon with my sister in April, fitting in the extra training is proving a balancing act! 

We'll be running for Music in Hospitals, which is a great charity & so I hope we make it round ok! Any small donation is really great and will push us round the 26 miles!

Heaps of Hours

I've decided to try out People Per Hour to see if this generates any leads.... I've uploaded an hourlie to offer planning advice for £95 and offer a way forward for (smaller) development proposals, commercial sites or residential dwellings. I welcome any thoughts / feedback / requests!