Potton wins planning at committee!

Potton receives planning permission for self builders in Southampton, despite the odds

Potton Planning & Self Build Consultant Sean Adams has successfully gained planning approval at committee last night for a substantial dwelling in Old Bursledon, Southampton.

Mr & Mrs Lennox were refused planning twice before employing Potton. Permission of the new self build home was granted against policy due to Sean's ability to please the authorities in the sheer quality of the proposed design. 

The existing property

As you will see from the below elevation the original dwelling was a somewhat modest bungalow. The couple wanted to design a 5-bedroom family home with a vaulted gallery and open-plan living space. 


Existing Front Elevation


The Saved Policy 179.LB specifically relates to the Old Bursledon Special Policy Area which is intended to “protect the special loose-knit character of Old Bursledon” and ensure the retention of current open spaces. Further development within the Special Policy Area will not be permitted except for the replacement or extension of existing dwellings, or appropriate extensions or changes of use provided they respect and enhance the character of the Special Policy Area. These requirements are reiterated in Policy BU7 of the Submitted Local Plan which also adds a limit to how much a property can be extended. This limit is set at a 25% increase in volume of the original dwelling, or as it was in 1982 when the conservation area was established, anything beyond this will not be accepted.



General Potton


The approved design

The final design, which was granted planning permission last night, is significantly over the 25% the policy typically allows. Needless to say Sean is extremely pleased, however not as pleased as the customers. 


New Front Elevation - SA Southampton


'Thank you so much for all your hard work to help us with this. We both love the new house design and are really pleased with all you have done. Look forward to the next stages now and being able to be in the new house in time for our daughter’s wedding 1st October 2016! Thank you' - Lesley Lennox 

New Rear Elevation - SA Southampton


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