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Merton application for 1-bedroom residential unit granted

Development: Conversion of building into a x1 one bedroom residential unit

We are excited to announce that our planning application for the conversion of an outbuilding into a 1 bed residential unit with its own garden has been approved by Merton Council.

Our client approached us having secured a lawful development certificate for the erection of an outbuilding.

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Front garden parking approved in Hounslow

Development: Front garden parking – Hardstanding

Our client approached us after making a pre-application submission to Hounslow Council for front garden parking. He was told that such an application would not be supported due to the fact the he sought to widen the existing crossover and significantly change the proportion of landscaping.

Our proposal sought to use the existing crossover therefore sidestepping the Council’s policy restrictions.

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Ground and first floor extension granted in Lambeth

Development: Ground and first floor rear extensions and associated alterations

We are pleased to announce that our application for a single storey side infill and wrap around extension and first floor rear extension wraparound has been granted by Lambeth Council.

Our client approached us to secure planning permission to maximise the area of the property.

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Construction work begins on flat subdivision in Ealing

We are pleased to see that construction works are on the way for our approved application for the subdivision of flats into 2 maisonettes and associated alterations to the roof in Melville Villas Road, Ealing.

If you have a similar project you would like to discuss, call our team today on 020 8995 7848.

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#BlackPoundDay – Case Review discount

As chartered Town Planning Consultants, we provide planning permission without the headaches.

We offer a Case Review service where we provide consultations and advice for seeking planning permission nationwide.

In support of #BlackPoundDay, on Saturday 1st August 2020 we are offering a 10% discount off our Case Review service.

Take advantage today by using the discount code ‘MZABPD’ This offer has now expired.

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Change of use to Dental Surgery approved in Havering

 

Development: Change of use to Dental Surgery (4 chairs)

Our client runs a dental practice and approached us to increase the capacity from 2 to 4 dental rooms. A planning condition stipulated the number of chairs/ rooms that were allowed.

We prepared planning drawings and a planning statement and successfully argued that the increase in capacity would not have an adverse impact on parking,

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Roof hatch enlargement application granted in Kensington & Chelsea

Development: Enlargement of roof hatch to facilitate easier access to existing roof terrace and associated alterations

Our client approached us following a failed planning appeal in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Boltons Conservation Area for a small roof extension to facilitate access to the existing roof terrace.

We analysed the appeal decision and concluded that the application would have to be fundamentally changed.

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7-person HMO secured in Hounslow

We have finally secured planning permission for our client to use his property as a large scale HMO for up to 7 people.

Hounslow Council had previously refused our client planning permission and issued an Enforcement Notice prior to our involvement. We successfully negotiated with the Council Planning Enforcement team more time so that we could prepare and submit an amended planning application that addressed all of the outstanding issues arising from the appeals and pre-application feedback.

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Granted: garage conversion into habitable room, Hillingdon

Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of a garage into a habitable room and associated alterations, in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Our client approached us to secure approval for her garage into a habitable room with a window. We undertook a Case Review to establish whether or not there were any planning conditions that would affect the proposal.

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Appeal won for beauty salon & nail bar in Enfield

We are pleased to announce that we have won an appeal for a change of use of premises from hair and beauty salon (A1) to beauty salon and nail bar (Sui Generis), in the London Borough of Enfield.

Our client, due to demand from customers submitted a planning application to change the existing hairdressing salon to a beauty salon where a range of treatments including nails would be offered.

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A1/A3 development approved in Westminster

MZA have secured approval for a certificate of lawfulness for existing use or development for for A3/A1 purposes.

Our client approached us after being threatened with Planning Enforcement action by Westminster City Council. A permitted development application had been incorrectly submitted and appealed unsuccessfully by our client who was being threatened with formal action.

We set about gathering evidence both photographic and written to prove on the balance of probabilities that the business had been trading for 10 years.

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Granted: Single storey semi-detached bungalow in Ealing

The construction of a single storey semi-detached bungalow and associated alterations (amended) has been approved by the London Borough of Ealing.

Our client demolished his existing dwelling and was threatened with Planning Enforcement action by the Council when trying to rebuild it. Our client submitted a planning application which was refused. We were then approached and then instructed to address the Council’s reasons for refusal,

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Single storey side infill extension and roof extension granted in Chiswick

We are delighted to announce another successful approval for our planning application for the erection of a single storey side infill extension and roof extension and associated alterations, in the London Borough of Hounslow.

MZA prepared and submitted planning applications after being approached by our client following the refusal of his previous applications. We worked with our client’s existing architect and advised them what to show on the drawings.

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MZA secures approval for retention of outbuilding in Ealing

We are thrilled to announce that our application for the retention of outbuilding to be used for purposes incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse, has been granted by the London Borough of Ealing.

MZA submitted an application after being contacted by our client who had lost an Enforcement appeal to retain his outbuilding as separate living accommodation. We contacted the Council planning enforcement team and they were agreeable to us submitting a planning application for retention of the outbuilding but for purposes incidental to the enjoyment to the main house.

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Progress on guesthouse renovations in Chiswick

It is always a pleasure seeing our client’s project finally coming into fruition.

Here are some before and after photographs of the renovation and extension of a guesthouse not far from our office in Chiswick.

 

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Shisha Lounge application in Tower Hamlets approved

We are thrilled to share that our application for a shisha lounge in Mile End has been approved.

The client tried to submit her own application after starting her Shisha lounge and being told to stop by Tower Hamlets Council. However, it was lacking information such as scaled drawings, the correct application forms, planning statement etc.

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3 points to consider when applying for a change of use from A1 to A3

Planning permission is required for a change of use from A1 (a shop) to A3 (a restaurant/ café). However, there are a range of permitted development measures aimed at streamlining the process including a 3 year temporary approval.

In addition to a planning application you can now take advantage of permitted development rights (PD rights).

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Ealing single storey rear extension granted

Prior approval for a larger residential extension has been secured for our client’s property in the London Borough of Ealing.

We carefully prepared the planning drawings and checked the permitted development regulations to ensure a favourable outcome.

Do you wish to construct a single storey rear extension? We can assist you with achieving planning permission.

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Application for air-conditioning units approved in Tower Hamlets

We managed to secure planning approval for a number of air-conditioning units for our client, in Tower Hamlets.

Our client approached us when the Council were threatening planning enforcement action. Through the commissioning of a noise impact assessment and careful preparation of drawings and planning statement, we managed to persuade the Council that the development was appropriate.

If you have a similar development you would like to take on,

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Kingston single family dwellinghouse approved

We have successfully secured planning permission for a new dwellinghouse in Kingston. The new dwelling complies with lifetime homes standards including wheelchair accessibility.

MZA are well experienced in dealing with dwellinghouse developments. If you have a similar proposal you would like to discuss, call us today on 020 8995 7848.

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Canopy to the flank of property approved in Hounslow

We have successfully secured planning permission for a canopy extension to a church in Bedfont, London Borough of Hounslow.

The church is designated as a building of townscape merit.

If you have a similar proposal you wish to undertake, call us today on 020 8995 7848 to see where you can start.

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Pimlico shopfront approved

MZA submitted two applications for our client for the erection of an internally illuminated fascia sign and innstallation of a new shopfront, in Pimlico, Westminster.

We submitted and secured advertisement consent for an illuminated fascia sign in the Pimlico Conservation area. Approval was secured in a record breaking 1 week.

If you are looking to gain planning permission for an advertisement consent or shopfront,

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Erection of outbuilding approved in Hounslow

We are delighted to announce that Hounslow Council have approved our application for an erection of outbuilding for storage purposes (amended application).

Following a failed planning application we have successfully avoided planning enforcement action and secured planning permission for our client’s outbuilding for storage purposes.

We are well equipped in dealing with all local authorities. Do you have a similar development you wish to commence?

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Enforcement appeal won in Haringey

After a refused planning application and a failed appeal, we have successfully obtained planning permission for our client’s wheel alignment business.

During the planning application process the Council also served an Enforcement notice requiring the cessation of the use. The approved planning application means that made the Enforcement notice of no effect.

If you have an enforcement notice you would like to resolve,

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Objection won for proposed 2-bedroom dwelling in Chiswick

We are pleased to announce that the London Borough of Hounslow have refused the application for an erection of a two bedroom detached house with associated bike and bin storage area.

The proposal consisted of a cramped single storey development, which had a poor outlook and almost 100% site coverage. This failed to comply with the character of the conservation area.

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Camden application for retention of x2 air conditioning units approved

MZA are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for the retention of x2 air conditioning units of a dwelling in a Camden conservation area.

We submitted a retrospective application after threat of enforcement action from Camden.

MZA commissioned a noise impact assessment and planning consent was granted.

Wish to explore a similar development?

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B1/A1 application approved in Hackney

The London Borough of Hackney have recently approved our planning application for the basement as B1 purposes and the ground floor as either B1 or B1/A1 purposes.

Prior to coming to us, the client submitted the application for a change of use which was refused on the grounds of a loss of employment floor space.

The original application proposed the use of the basement and ground floor for retail/business purposes.

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MZA’s approved A2/D1 application opens in Chiswick

We are delighted to share that our previously approved planning application for a change of use to D1 (Talking Therapy) /A2 commercial unit has opened for business on Chiswick High Road.

After gaining approval and planning permission from Hounslow in 2019, we are happy that our client can practise their respective professions within a high-quality purpose-built environment.

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We are Open

Hello we just wanted to let you know that we are open as normal. We look forward to helping you with your planning permission enquiries.

Should you require a meeting then this can be arranged on Skype or FaceTime.

Do stay safe and healthy.

MZA Team

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MZA secures approval for Variation of Condition application in Surrey

MZA have recently secured planning permission for a Variation of Condition application for an erection of a detached double garage and refuse store, granted by Surrey County Council.

The application was for a garage in the green belt. The client received comments from the Council’s Enforcement Team who threatened to take action. We submitted the application with a flood risk assessment,

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Planning Permission Granted for Householder Application in Richmond

We are happy to announce that the London Borough of Richmond have approved our householder application for a proposed side return and 2m rear extension.

A key part of MZA’s role was to submit the flood risk assessment. We liaised with the Council throughout the whole process, and the proposal was found acceptable by Richmond.

If you are thinking of starting a similar application,

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Approval secured for Ealing 9-Person HMO

It is with excitement to announce that the London Borough of Ealing have approved our Planning Application for a change of use to a 9 Person HMO.

MZA submitted a retrospective application, after the Council threatened to take enforcement action for over a number of years.

We agreed to no parking around the property, and ensured compliance with the relevant HMO and planning authority standards.

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Approved: C1 Application for 40-bedroom hotel in Greenwich

We are overjoyed to announce that our planning application for the demolition of an existing building and construction of a 5 storey (plus basement) hotel (ClassC1), comprising 42no. rooms including provision of associated cyclespaces, refuse and recycling storage, plant and other associated works, has been approved by the London Borough of Greenwich.

Located 120m from the Woolwich Conservation Area,

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Approved: Planning application for security gates in Brent

It is with pleasure to announce that the London Borough of Brent have approved our planning application for a replacement of existing pedestrian and vehicular entrance gates, installation of metal security grills, secondary glazing and a dropped kerb.

MZA submitted the application for security gates for a residential dwelling within the Buck Lane Conservation Area, and successfully achieved approval from Brent.

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Granted: Installation of flue in Bexley

We are pleased to announce that The London Borough of Bexley have approved our planning application for the installation of flue in Sidcup.

The flue was serviced to the plant room of a 4-storey office building and the Council found the proposal acceptable, despite its significant height.

If you would like to discuss a similar project,

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Granted: B1 to Sui Generis change of use in Croydon

We are delighted to reveal that the London Borough of Croydon have approved our planning application for a change of use from B1 carpenters workshop to a sui generis window cleaning business.

MZA represented the client at the planning committee to multiple objections. We liaised closely with the local authority and saved jobs by securing the planning permission.

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Granted: Discharge of Conditions application in Bromley

We are excited to announce that the London Borough of Bromley have approved our discharge of conditions application for elevational alterations, a two storey rear extension and conversion of dwelling into 5 flats with accommodation in enlarged roof space with parking at rear, and rear cycle/refuse store.

MZA liaised with floor risk consultants to deal with the drainage issues of the property,

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Approved: Ealing loft extension

MZA are pleased to announce that the London Borough of Ealing have approved our planning application for a loft extension.

As a pair of neighbouring properties, the project faced many challenges following objections from local residents. MZA led the scheme through, having ongoing expertise with the local authority and the application was granted and approved.

Call MZA today on 020 8995 7848 to discuss the possibilities of your next project.

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Approved: Ealing two storey side and single rear extension

We are happy to announce that the London Borough of Ealing have approved our householder application for a two storey side extension and single storey rear extension.

MZA liaised closely with Ealing Council throughout the whole process, and we ensured that the installation of windows were in keeping with the character of the Ealing Common Conservation Area.

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Granted: Hounslow removal of windows and door replacement application

We are thrilled to announce that the London Borough of Hounslow have approved our planning application for a removal of windows and replacement with doors in flank elevation.

The development proposed changes to the ground floor flat of a Victorian terrace, to improve overall accessibility into the garden.

Thinking of taking on a similar project? Call us today on 020 8995 7848 and our planning consultants can advise you on where to start.

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Approved: Replacement of roof tiles in Ealing

MZA are excited to announce that the London Borough of Ealing have approved our householder application for a replacement of roof tiles.

Based in the Mill Hill Park Conservation Area, the existing tiles of the property were in poor condition and in need of replacement. MZA liased with roofing contractors to successfully preserve the roof’s appearance and character and permission was granted.

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Granted: Barnet dwelling conversion into 2 self-contained flats and single storey rear extension

We are delighted to announce that the London Borough of Barnet have approved our planning application for a conversion of an existing dwelling into 2 self-contained flats and a single storey rear extension.

The flats of the property were small in scale, and an appeal was submitted within a short space of time. MZA re-submitted the application, citing the appeal and our architects re-designed the plans to comply with Barnet’s standards,

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Approved: Extensions and associated alterations in Chiswick

MZA are happy to announce that the London Borough of Hounslow have approved our application for Listed Building Consent and planning permission for a basement and associated extensions to a property located on Strand on the Green, overlooking the river.

Our consultants liaised with a multidisciplinary team, including Heritage consultants, architects and the Environment Agency to deliver a positive outcome.

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Won: Householder Appeal in Chiswick

We are delighted to announce that we have won a householder planning appeal against the London Borough of Hounslow.

Our client received planning permission for a basement rear extension and roof extension. However, timber cladding was applied to the facade of the rear extension instead of brick. A complaint lodged by a neighbour resulted in planning enforcement getting involved.

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Approved: Hounslow single storey rear extension

We are thrilled to announce that the London Borough of Hounslow have approved our Householder Application for the erection of a single storey rear and a single storey side infill extension, erection of a rear roof extension and associated alterations.

This was the third planning application where MZA were appointed by the client. The mid-terrace, two-storey house maintains a high-quality design throughout,

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Approved: Installation of air-conditioning unit on balcony.

We are excited to announce that the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham granted our householder application for the installation of an air-conditioning unit on a balcony.

Located on the 3rd floor of a residential block, MZA ensured the air-conditioning units were in keeping with the character and appearance of the surrounding area. This resulted in a modest-sized placement of the air conditioning units,

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Appeal Won in Chiswick House Grounds Conservation Area for a Single Storey rear Extension

We are delighted that we have just won a planning appeal in London Borough of Hounslow for a single storey rear extension. We had previously submitted and obtained planning approval for a similar but smaller extension.

We subsequently submitted an application for a larger extension, however, the Council argued that it would have a harmful impact on neighbouring occupiers due to loss of light and would be too bulky and overbearing.

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Listed Building Consent & Planning permission granted for Flexible Office/ D1 Training Centre

We are happy to announce that we have been granted planning permission and listed building consent for the change of use from a former caretakers residence at the Gunnersbury Park Museum to an office or D1 Training Centre.

If you require permission for a change of use then please contact us for a chat on 020 8995 7848 should

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The Sunday Times: Top Tips for a Successful Planning Application

Applying for planning permission can often seem like a losing battle, with 27% of applications refused in the UK, according to The Sunday Times (November 3, 2019).

With the northwest London borough of Harrow falling in at the second highest refusal rate at 26%, followed by Southend-on-Sea at 24%, it is no wonder why more people are turning to planning consultants for help with the planning process.

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Approved: Retention of Outbuilding as a Physiotherapy Centre (Class D1)

Approved: Retention of Outbuilding as a physiotherapy Centre (Class D1)

We are pleased to announce that London Borough of Brent approved our retrospective planning application for a Physiotherapy use under Class D1 of the use classes order. This was the second application to be approved with the first being for a limited period of time. The permanent planning permission enables our client to plan for the future and removes uncertainty.

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Approval: Planning Application for the removal of external shutter and fully openable windows and installation of shopfront including two new windows and blind

Westminster Council: MZA Planning are happy to have gained approval for the front refurbishment for a restaurant in Westminster.

The proposal included the removal of external shutter and the installation of two new windows. We initially provided a Case Review to the client, where we recommended the best way to proceed with his case. Preparing the planning statement,

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Approval: Planning Application for a loft extension, first floor flank and part first floor rear extension

Slough Council: MZA Planning has just gained approval for this residential property based in Slough.

The application included a loft conversion, a first-floor rear extension and side extension. The clients are delighted with the approval from the council as it has given them the much-needed space they required for their growing family. The property emulates similar extensions built on surrounding houses so that the design of this property fully integrated with the neighbourhood’s character and style.

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Approval: Householder Planning Application for Two Storey Extension

Ealing Council: Planning permission has been granted by Ealing council for a Two Storey side extension on both sides of a dwelling house, as well as an extension to the roof to form a first floor extension.

MZA Planning are overjoyed to know Ealing are allowing our clients raised ridge of the roof, installation of roof lights to front roof slope and associated internal and external alterations.

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Approval: Householder Application for a Single Storey Rear Extension

 

Ealing Council: Another successfully approved Single Storey Rear Extension done by MZA Planning within Ealing council. The proposal included a single-storey rear extension and installation of a window to the ground floor side elevation.

Our client has been advised in the approval that they should use all external materials that have been shown in the plans to match the appearance of the existing buildings.

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Approval: Planning Application for extending use for Place of Worship (Church)

 

Havering Council: Permission has been granted by Havering council on a temporary basis for use of premises as a place of worship (church) and assembly originally granted by way of enforcement appeal.

MZA Planning have helped many places of worship gain permission around London and with this current case, Havering council have agreed to this permission through parking to be kept near the building for the building as well as minimal noise impact to the surroundings residential area.

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Approval: Planning Application for Mixed Use as a Residential and a Clinic (Permanent)

Brent  Council: MZA Planning are pleased with the granting of permission for our returning client in Brent to keep their clinic as a mixed use residential and clinic. We previously applied for mixed use for our clients clinic and gained temporary permission, however we have now applied for permanent use for the practice and it has been recently granted permanent approval.

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Approval: Planning Application for Change of Use from Guest House to accommodation for up to 9 young adults in Housing need and Caretaker accommodation and residential extensions

Hounslow Council: At MZA Planning we have gained approval for accommodation for young adults in Housing need.

The renovations for this extension of existing guest house included demolition of existing garages and replacement with single storey accommodation. The extension proposed of the existing hipped roofs to gabled roof were approved as well as an additional pitched roof over the side to form 2nd floor accommodation.

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Approval: Householder Application for Dropped Kerb & Outbuilding

Hounslow Council: MZA are pleased to announce the recent success of a footway crossing/ vehicle crossover. As well as the approval at the same property for replacement outbuilding to be built in the garden.

The council agreed to this as long as the client maintained pedestrian safety. They also require the hardstanding to have an attractive appearance and where possible to keep existing boundary treatment and planting to maintain the character of the property.

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Approval for: Planning Application for Beauty Clinic

 

Havering Council: MZA Planning are proud to announce gaining planning permission for a Beauty Clinic for a Change of Use from A1 to D1 within the Havering Council.

The property’s original use was that of a retail store and the proposed drawings presented the site as a beauty clinic that falls within Class D1. The council also agreed to the new clinic including an ‘active frontage’,

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Approval: Planning Application for Alterations and upgrading of existing hardstanding

Brent  Council: MZA Planning are happy to announce the approval of the proposed alterations and upgrading of existing hardstanding to ground and first floor flat.

Brent council have approved our which was found to comply with the relevant policies within the Development Plan, compromising the London Plan 2016 and other relevant policies that are involved with this.

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Approval for: Planning Application for Continued use as A1 Retail

Hackney Council: MZA Planning have yet again received an approval for a planning application we have submitted on behalf of our client.

The proposed plans we submitted for our client include temporary change of use of the premises from offices (Class B1) to retail (Class A1) use. This would enable the existing retail business to continue trading,

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Case Review

Case Review

Before you decide to pursue an application or appeal it is always a good idea to undertake a Case Review.

The Case review allows one of our Planning Consultants to sense  check your proposal and has the following benefits:

1) if the project is feasible; 

2) if not feasible what amendments can be made to ensure it is and:

3) saves you time from submitting an application which is likely to be refused and money council fees.

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Planning to extend your home?

Loft extensions, single storey rear extensions, 2 storey side extensions, porch extension and other associated permutations are just some the ways people seek to extend their homes and maximise their living space.

Strategy is key Key points to consider

Knowing the policies and guidance of your Council is important;

Determining whether or not your proposal could be undertaken under permitted development;

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Air Conditioning units and Planning permission

With the British weather and the temperatures constantly fluctuating from reaching record highs in the summer, hardware stores can quickly sell out of both fans and portable air-conditioning units.

It seems the only way to keep cool when the weather becomes humid, is to have a back-up plan of walking through the freezer isle of the grocery store!

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Do you need Planning permission to open a Coffee Shop?

Are you planning to open a coffee shop? One of the most frequent questions we are asked is do I need planning permission

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) sets out various land uses and categories.

If you are opening a coffee shop you should be mindful of the requirements.

Coffee shops normally fall within use class A1 and cover the sale of retail goods and includes sandwich bars,

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Fees

How Much do we Charge?

Quite often the first question many clients ask is how much is the service going to cost? How much will they be charged to submit an appeal or an application?

 

Our approach 

Before we discuss fees with our clients our approach  is to always to first understand the problem. 

So for example we need to understand why your application  was refused,

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Served with an Enforcement Notice, Planning contravention notice or received a warning letter? Don’t panic.

Threatened with Enforcement Action

Firstly it is important to note that we are completely independent of the Council and any information you give us is treated with the utmost confidentiality. 

You have certain rights including a right of appeal against an Enforcement Notice.

It is important that your case is approached in the correct manner and that your case is presented 

properly in order to avoid any complications later in the process.

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How long will your planning application or Appeal take?

Before you embark on your planning application or planning appeal it is important to know how long it is likely to take the Council or Planning Inspectorate to determine it.

Below is a guide for timescales for different cases.

 

Applications:

Applications are decided by the relevant council that the application is submitted to.

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Why Lodge an Objection to a Planning Application or an Enforcement Complaint?

Why Lodge an Objection? 

Do you believe that the proposed development proposed will have a detrimental impact on any of the following? The application property itself; neighbouring properties; your living conditions or those of someone else; the local community; the overall character of the area; highway/transport safety or parking; or even environmental impacts.    

It is also important to lodge an Enforcement complaint with your local planning authority if you believe a development has been carried out without planning permission or not in accordance with approved plans.

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Shisha Lounge – A Planning permission Guide

Opening a Shisha Lounge? A Planning Permission Guide

In this competitive economy businesses are always looking at providing a unique experience for their customers

Increasingly cafés and restaurants are adding Shisha lounges as they prove to be a hit with their customers.

Smoking Laws

Shisha Lounges have to comply with the smoking laws introduced in July 2007

One of the basic requirements of the smoking ban is that there should be no smoking inside of public spaces without a certain amount of open ventilation being provided.

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Points to consider when applying for a change of use from A1 to A3

A question many people ask is “Will I get planning permission to change from A1 to A3” in a particular location.

You may have found your ideal premises and location and have big plans. However, you need to pause and ask yourself the question do I need planning permission to change from A1 to A3 and more importantly will I get it?

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Certificate of Lawfulness for a Proposed Development Approved (Lambeth): Extensions All Way Round!

We are delighted to add another win to our success book! We’ve just received an approval for a certificate of lawfulness for our client in Lambeth. Our client was proposing to erect a ground floor rear extension, a first floor rear extension, a rear dormer roof extension and a basement. After having undertaken research on the development, our team advised that the best way to go would be to apply for a certificate of lawfulness.

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Development Declared Lawful (Ealing): Use of Property as Two Self-contained Flats

We’re always happy to receive good news after helping our clients! MZA has recently secured approval for our client in Ealing to continue the use of her property as two self-contained flats. The team advised that the best route to undertake would be a certificate of lawfulness for an existing use or development.

In support of the application,

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Appeal Allowed (Wandsworth): The Hotel Outbuilding Can Stay!

It is our pleasure to announce that MZA has been successful in overturning another council decision! We’ve recently helped our client in Wandsworth appeal a refusal to retain his single-storey hotel outbuilding  in his rear garden.

The proposal was refused by reason of its size, scale  and design. According to the council, the development dominates the rear garden,

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Application Approved (Lewisham): Can a Mini-Cab Office Turn into a Takeaway?

We are very excited to add another success to our record! MZA Planning helped a client in Lewisham secure planning permission for a change of use from a mini-cab office (sui generis) to a takeaway (A5).

Our team put together a strategy which involved a detailed planning statement, a cover letter and the preparation of drawings.

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Permission Granted (Barnet): Use of Property as x2 Self-contained Flats

MZA Planning are happy to announce another win! We recently helped our client in Barnet apply for a conversion of a property to two self-contained flats. We didn’t only help him, we also secured an approval for the project!

In support of the application, our team prepared a detailed Planning Statement which argued that the proposal would provide one net additional dwelling that would positively contribute to Barnet’s housing targets.

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Application Approved (Harrow): Conversion of Dwellinghouse to Two Self-contained Flats

Our team has just hit another win and we couldn’t be happier! MZA has helped one of our clients secure planning permission for a conversion of a dwellinghouse into two self-contained flats and an erection of a dormer in Harrow.

In support of the application, planning drawings were produced and the team prepared a Design and Access statement which highlighted that the proposal would not be harmful to the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

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Appeal Won (Merton): Erection of a Three Bedroom House Allowed on Proposed Crossrail 2 Route

MZA Planning are delighted to announce another success in the appeal department! We were able to overturn the council’s decision for our client in Merton. Our client was proposing to demolish a garage and erect a three-bedroom house. The land to which this proposal was related to just so happened to be land that was required for Crossrail 2 according to TFL’s plans,

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Permission Granted (Ealing): Development of Flats

MZA Planning are delighted to add another success story to our record! Our client was proposing a scheme that involved the erection of a 3-storey rear extension to accommodate an office and a Duplex residential accommodation in Ealing. We supported our client from the very beginning, helping him with a pre-application submission which also entailed a meeting with the council,

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Conditions Discharged (Hounslow): A Change of Use from A1 to A3 with No More Conditions…

We recently secured prior approval for our client in Hounslow who was proposing a change of use from A1 to A3. However, upon approval a few conditions were imposed and so we decided to step in again and get them discharged. The conditions were related to extraction equipment and refuse and waste management.

In order to achieve a positive result,

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Application Approved (Hounslow): Conversion of a Garage into a Habitable Room

MZA Planning are very pleased to announce the success of yet another planning case in Hounslow. Our client had a vision to convert his garage into a habitable room and we helped make this a reality.

In support of the application, drawings were produced and the team prepared a planning statement which highlighted that multiple similar developments have occurred along the same road.

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Proposed Use Declared Lawful (Waltham Forrest): An Internet Café for Console Gamers!

MZA Planning not only deal with planning applications and appeals, but also help clients obtain certificates of lawfulness as a way to be certain that their developments are lawful and do not require planning permission. Just recently, we helped our client achieve a certificate of lawfulness for a change of use to an internet café and console gaming centre.

In support of the application,

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Appeal Allowed (Kingston): Front Boundary Treatment

MZA Planning are excited to announce another win! This time, we helped our client overturn the council’s decision for the erection of a front boundary treatment, along with a wood panel pedestrian gate and sliding vehicle access gate.

The application was refused on the basis that the proposed boundary treatment would reduce the openness of the front of the property due to its size,

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Appeal Won (Brent): Need More Space? Wraparound Extension

MZA Planning are delighted to announce the success of another case of ours! Once again, we were able to help a client overturn the council’s decision. Our client proposed to erect a rear infill extension at ground floor level, however was turned down due to its excessive depth and projection beyond the rear wall of the outrigger, which would detract from the form and character of the dwelling and would fail to preserve the character and appearance of the Queens Park Conservation Area.

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Development Declared Lawful (Hammersmith & Fulham): Use of Property as Two Self-Contained Flats

MZA Planning recently helped a client preserve the use of his property as two self-contained flats. Our team advised the client to apply for a certificate of lawfulness to continue using his property lawfully, and the end result was a great one!

In support of the application, different pieces of evidence were collated and a statement was prepared by the team.

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Appeal Won (Hounslow): Council’s Decision for a Roof Extension Has Been Overturned!

MZA Planning are pleased to overturn yet another council decision! Our client was refused planning for erecting a roof extension, on the basis that the proposal would appear overly dominant in the roof slope and would cause harm to the character and appearance of the dwelling.

Our team set out to appeal this refusal, and argued that the neighbouring properties have larger extensions and that our client’s proposal would not be viewed in isolation.

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Permission Granted (Southwark): Use as D1 (Church) on a Temporary Basis

MZA Planning are happy to announce the success of another case of ours for a client in Southwark. We recently helped our client secure planning permission for a change of use from B8 Warehouse to D1 Church for an additional year. The development has an extensive planning history, which includes previous planning applications and an enforcement, and our team drew on that to help gain approval.

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Appeal Won (Hounslow): Tea in the Conservatory?

If a retrospective application is refused, it’s the end of the road right? Wrong! MZA recently helped a client appeal a refused retrospective application for a conservatory. The application was refused on the grounds that its appearance and size were harmful to the living conditions of the neighbouring property, as well as the character and appearance of the property and the wider area.

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Application & Discharge of Conditions Granted (Hillingdon): You Can Transform Your Back Garden Garage into a Child-Minding Service!

When our clients approach us with an idea to convert an outbuilding or a garage into a business, we love to take on the challenge! Just recently, we have been successful in discharging conditions for our client whose application we also worked on and gained approval for.

The application for the change of use of an existing detached garage to a child-minding service was initially refused,

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Appeal Won (Hillingdon): Make Space for Your Car! Front Garden Parking

It gives us joy when we can help clients overturn a council’s decision! Just recently, MZA Planning was successful in appealing a refusal that was issued to our client. Our client submitted an application for a vehicle crossover, and it was refused on the basis that the proposal would result in the disruption to the free flow of traffic and would be detrimental to highway and pedestrian safety.

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Application Granted (Ealing): A Grand Re-construction

We are happy to add another success story to our record! We’ve recently helped a client with his goal of constructing a single family dwelling house, following the demolition of an existing single level building. This scheme represented a revision to a previous scheme, and it was approved on the basis that it would have acceptable impact on the conservation area.

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Application Approved (Ealing): Continued Use of Property as a 15 Person HMO

MZA Planning are delighted to announce another win in the application department! We recently helped our client gain planning permission to continue using his property as a 15 person HMO. The team produced a Design and Access statement which highlighted that the property has been used as a HMO since 1954, and that the proposal would not result in the loss of a single family dwellinghouse.

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Appeal Won (Ealing): Turntable that Car Out of Here!

Our team at MZA is happy to add another successful case to the record! We recently overturned Ealing Council’s decision to refuse our client’s application for a vehicle crossover. The proposal was refused on the grounds that it would likely lead to vehicles reversing to / from a busy classified road, to the detriment of the safe and free flow of traffic and highway safety.

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Permission Granted (Ealing): You Have the Right to Work in Your Very Own Garden!

MZA Planning are happy to announce the success of another case of ours, which involves a planning application for an outbuilding. Our client was interested in altering and using the outbuilding in her rear garden for business purposes. The team set out to achieve a good result by arguing that the development doesn’t impose on the neighbouring dwellings, and the changes to it have increased its visual attractiveness which makes it look more similar to the properties it is adjacent to.

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Appeal Allowed (Harrow): Conversion of Dwellinghouse into x2 Self-contained Flats

Our team has won another appeal and overturned the council’s decision to refuse a client’s application to convert a dwellinghouse into 2 self-contained flats. Our client’s application was refused on the basis that the proposal would create a cramped and poor standard of living accommodation for the occupiers of the flat.

In support of the appeal,

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Appeal Won (Hounslow): Welcome to Your Dream Home

MZA are pleased to announce another successful overturn of a Council’s decision. Our client was refused permission to demolish an existing two storey detached dwelling, and reconstruct it with the addition of a basement and mansard roof. The refusal was on the basis that the proposal would have a negative impact on the historical value of the property, and the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

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Application Approved (Westminster): Permission for Taxis to Jet Off!

We at MZA are happy to announce that we were able to help a private hire taxi service continue trading. Our client had temporary planning permission to use part of a car park in Westminster as a booking office, and wished to obtain permanent permission for the same development.

After a lengthy process of liaising with the Case Officer appointed,

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Council application fees set to rise on 17th January 2018

Parliamentary approval has been given the legislation that will increase planning application fees by 20% in England and introduce new categories in regards to applications for Permission in Principle.

The changes made by the government will come into force on 17th January 2018.

This means that any applications that have been submitted but not validated by its respective council will be liable to the increased fee.

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Planning Permission Granted by Bromley Council to Change a Pub into Flats!

MZA Planning are very pleased and excited to announce another win in Bromley’s Planning Committee Meeting. After a failed application and appeal, the Council finally conceded that there was little they could do to resist the application. Our team, through careful design and strategy, managed to address all previous concerns with the scheme such as the lack of amenity space.

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