Planning team’s challenge accepted

Sheldon Bosley Knight’s planning and architecture team has successfully appealed a decision to refuse the building of a bungalow in a Worcestershire village.
The application was originally refused by Wychavon District Council in August 2023 as the council considered the site, in Harvington, to be backland and thus not suitable for residential development.

Concerns were also raised that due to the site’s location, the surrounding dwellings would be able to look into the garden of the new property, resulting in a loss of privacy.  

In its submission to the planning inspectorate, the team argued the site was not backland but rather an infill plot within the village which was suitable for development.

The team also noted the lack of windows facing towards the plot, which would limit the potential for overlooking.

The inspectorate agreed and allowed the appeal.

Sheldon Bosley Knight’s head of planning and architecture, Natasha Blackmore da Silva said: “This was not a straightforward application. After the original refusal at local level, it was necessary to submit our case to the planning inspectorate for assessment as we disagreed with the council’s decision.

“Fortunately, the inspector agreed with our argument and the evidence we submitted and allowed the appeal, dismissing all of the council’s grounds for refusal.

“I want to thank my team for their hard work in getting this application approved. I know the applicant is very happy they will be able to start building soon.”
If you have land you think may be suitable for development and would like advice on the options available, please email the planning and architecture team at or call 01789 387880.