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House Extension Application approved  in West Midlands Green Belt. En-Plan: Planning Consultants for Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton and Telford. Planning Applications Birmingham.


Planning Application approved for ground and first floor extensions to detached property in the West Midlands Green Belt.

Following an initial consultation with the client En-Plan: Planing & Architecture formulated and submitted a planning application to Wyre Forest District Council for ground and first floor extensions to a detached family home. 


Prior to En-Plan becoming involved a previous scheme had been refused and the applicants had reached an impass with the Planning Authority due to the amount of development and the position of the house in the Green Belt.  En-Plan were able to amended the scheme and provide the correct volumetric calculations that allowed the scheme to progress to approval. The approved planning  application will add an improved kitchen at ground floor with a new bedroom above.

Nationally there are 14 different Green Belts that cover a total area of over 1.6 million hectares of land. The Green Belt in Wyre Forest District is part of the West Midlands Green Belt. The West Midlands Green Belt was created following the introduction of the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947 which allowed local authorities to include Green Belt proposals in their development plans. The aim of Green Belt designation was to prevent urban sprawl and keep land around towns and cities permanently open.

Green Belt Planning Issues in the Wyre Forest District

Within Wyre Forest District, the extent of the Green Belt includes all the land as far west as the River Severn, but excludes the towns of Kidderminster, Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley and the smaller settlements of Blakedown, Cookley and Fairfield. The precise boundaries of the Green Belt around Kidderminster, Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley were determined in detail in 1989, upon the adoption of the Wyre Forest Urban Areas Local Plan.

The Government attaches great importance to Green Belts. The fundamental aim of Green Belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open; the essential characteristics of Green Belts are their openness and their permanence.
Green Belt serves five purposes:
a) To check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas;
b) To prevent neighbouring towns from merging into one another;
c) To assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment;
d) To preserve the setting and special character of historic towns; and
e) To assist in urban regeneration, by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land.” (NPPF, 2019 – para 133 & 134)
3.3 Green Belt is therefore a policy designation intended to keep land free from development. There is a common public misconception that Green Belt land is ‘sacrosanct’ and that once designated it should never be developed. However, this has never been the case in legislative or policy terms.

In terms of extension design guidance in the Green Belt in Wyre Forest the The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) provides that new buildings in Green Belt are inappropriate developments which should not be granted planning permission, except in very special circumstances, unless one of specified exceptions apply. One such exception is the extension of a building. This is mirrored in Plannig Policy in Wyre Forest which states  that extensions should be proportionate to the main unit and not affect the character and openness of the Green Belt.  This has let to many arbitary extension figures of forty and fifty percent of the original volume being stated as acceptable. The term "original" is key as this is taken to be the volume of the house prior to 1948. In this specific instahce En-Plan were able to arge that the very special circumstances of the property being located in a run of existing dveelopment allowed for a larger extension as this would not imapct upon the character and openness of the Green Belt.

If you would like to find out more about how our Planning Consultancy and Architectural Design Services can work in perfect sync to achieve a successful outcome in the planning system please CONTACT US and we will be only too happy to talk through any questions or development proposals you may have.

Case Study: Clockhouse Cottage, Valley Road, Bournheath, Worcestershire B61 9JB
Incidental detached workshop and store.

The proposed building as detailed on Location and Block Plans: Dated 26.01.2021, Proposed Elevations and Floor Plans Dated: 26.01.2021, represent permitted development by virtue of Schedule 2, Part 1 Class E of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development)(England) Order 2015 (as amended).

Historically the original principal elevation was facing Valley Road which is the western elevation. This is evident from the brick work on this elevation, which shows where the front door would have been located. Whilst the main entrance to the dwelling is now on the eastern elevation, in determining this certificate, the original principal elevation has to be accepted as the western elevation.

The proposed building would be single storey and would meet the height limitations of this class, it would not exceed 50% of the total area of the curtilage, it would not be situated on land forward of the principal elevation, and it would not include the construction or provision of a veranda, balcony or raised platform.

The size of the building and the uses shown to be contained within the proposed building are considered to meet the definition of incidental. This has also been supported by a statement by the applicant outlining the dwellings specific needs for such a building.

As such the proposed building would fall within the limitations contained within Schedule 2, Part 1, Class E of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended).

On the basis of the above, the certificate should be granted.


Barn Conversion Application in Wem Shropshire

July 2020

Application submitted to extend and re-model an existing barn conversion .

En-Plan: Planning & Architecture have submitted a planning application to extend an existing barn in order to provide additional habitable accommodation and take the barn from an ad-hoc development to a comprehensively designed entity capable of meeting the owners changing requirements.


The Cornerhouse in Hunstanton, Norfolk.

October 2023

Property sub-division of a Listed Building approved in Hunstanton.

En-Plan: Planning & Architecture have received approval from North Norfolk Council to allow for the creation of a new holiday let unit by the sub-division of a Grade II Listed Building in the sea side town of Hunstanton.


Householder Planning Application submitted in Coventry. En-Plan: Planning Consultants for Coventry and Birmingham.

July 2020

Planning Application submitted for a house re-model in Coventry.

En-Plan: Planning & Architecture have submitted a planning application for a contemporary conservatory extension and re-modelling of the exterior of the house through render and new glazing at this property in Allesley, Coventry.  Please refer to our House Extensions page for more examples of successful extensions.


Oswestry Marina Shropshire.

July 2023

Development support provided to new boat shed development.

En-Plan have been providing ongoing development support for a new boatshed developemnt at Whittington Marina and have provided technical building support for the development in partnership with building control.


Building Regulations Application Receives approval in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. En-Plan: Planning Consultants for Shrewsbury.

July 2020

Building Regulations Application receives approval in Shrewsbury.

En-Plan: Planning & Architecture have received approval for a Building Regulations Full Plans Application for a new kitchen and lounge extension in Copthorne, Shrewsbury.  The approval allows the owner to progress the project with an approved build specification which will ensure the success of the project.


Keepers Cottage in Norfolk

June 2018

House extension completed in Norfolk at Keepers Cottage.

En-Plan are pleased to showcase a finsihed extension in the Norfolk countryside  that was granted approval by South Norfolk Council following a householder planning application.


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Kings Lynn


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