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15th November 2017

Caulmert has successfully appealed against a refusal of planning permission by Wrexham County Borough Council for works to a Victorian building, which is occupied by a Substance Misuse Service. The development involves a contemporary ground floor extension and internal and external alterations to the building, which lies within the Grosvenor Road Conservation Area.

In our appeal submissions, we were able to demonstrate that the proposed extension will remain visually subservient to the main building, and that the proposed contemporary design provides a connection with the appearance of the existing building, by its use of materials and similar fenestration. Caulmert also advised on amendments to the landscaping proposals for the site, which helped to demonstrate that wider views of the proposed development from within the Conservation Area, would be contained.

The main issues under consideration, at appeal, were the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of both the building and the Grosvenor Road Conservation Area. In allowing the appeal, the Planning Inspector agreed with Caulmert that the proposed development would not result in harm to the quality of the built environment.

The successful appeal will enable the co-location of two complementary Substance Misuse Services within the same building, allowing the services to be delivered in a much more effective and efficient manner.

Our client responded to the appeal decision by commenting “Excellent news! I would like to thank you for your efforts and professionalism, we are very impressed. We would recommend Caulmert and in particular yourself to anyone with a planning issue.”

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