When planning applications are rejected, there may be scope to re-apply with amended proposals that still satisfy the client's brief but are also acceptable to the Local Planning Authority. A further option is to lodge an Appeal against the refusal of planning permission.

The practice has made many Appeals on behalf of clients with a remarkably high success rate. If it is agreed with the client that the Appeal will be dealt with by Written Representations, the practice will prepare the necessary documentation and evidence to support its case.

If the application is more complex, it may be necessary to ask for a full Public Inquiry to examine the issues in front of a Planning Inspector. Again, the practice can submit the required documentation for the Appeal and, by using its contacts with planning Chambers to secure the assistance of a suitable Barrister who will handle the case. Under the Barrister's guidance, this will normally involve the preparation of evidence by expert witnesses to enable the issues to be thoroughly assessed through cross-examination in the formal arena of an Inquiry. As architects and planning consultants for the application, the practice will provide an expert witness to appear at the Inquiry.


Woodlands Park, Great Dunmow
Replacement Dwelling, Acton
Matthews Yard, Moreton
Former Animal Research Centre, Stock
The illustrations opposite are extracts from some of the evidence prepared by the practice for a Public Inquiry into the refusal of an application for low density housing on the former SmithKline Beecham plc research establishment situated in the Green Belt on the outskirts of Stock in Essex.

The case was made that the Green Belt was despoiled by the presence of the former research establishment and that it would be transformed by the proposed dwellings to be built in informal groups in a landscape setting and which would consolidate the existing arcadian character of the surroundings. The site would be less built-up and would have a more open appearance. There would, therefore, be no adverse effect on the Green Belt.

These arguments were accepted and, on the recommendation of the Inspector, the Secretary of State granted planning permission.