There has been great weather this week, and definitely not the time to be confined to the office. Luckily a big part of being a planning consultant is going to meetings and site visits which meant that this week I seem to have spent as much time out and about as I have in Bolton Street.
I accompanied one of the Associate Planners on a site visit to Maidenhead to inspect a site with a house that had planning permission to extend it. However, during construction, the roof of the extension was built too high, and as a result the Local Authority issued a Breach of Condition Notice. Strangely we could find no evidence that this breach was ever followed up. This lead to a part built extension that did not conform to the consented permission. It was our job to assess the whole site, planning history and government legislation to come to a view on what could be done next.
Wednesday was taken up with a large meeting for a project in Streatham which involved all the external consultants on the project. This included Planners, Structural Engineers, M+E Consultants, Developers and Architects. I find these meetings particularly interesting as it allows you to get a feel on how all the components of an application fit together and who is responsible for what.
Today I was down in Kent working on a new supermarket scheme for a well known retailer. When submitting a planning application for retail development, it must be demonstrated that the proposal will not have an adverse impact on the local/town/district centres. Assessing the potential impacts can quite painstaking, but it really gives you an appreciation of the level of detail that goes into deciding where to locate a new retail development.