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Permission for Raised Decking Won At Appeal
July 2011
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy has recently had an appeal allowed for the retention of unauthorised decking at a site in Torquay, Devon.  The appellant had undertaken extensive works in their sloping rear garden to provide a raised decking/terrace which had prompted numerous concerns from local residents, particularly those in the properties below.  The appellant had lodged an application with the Local Council but had seen his application refused owing to concerns about visual impact and loss of amenity to neighbouring occupiers. 
 
Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy was instructed to lodge an appeal on the appellants behalf, and presented a well structured appeal statement, assessing the character of the surrounding area and how the development assimlated with it.  The appeal statement went on to consider the impact of the development on the amenity of neighbouring occupiers, highlighting that a suitable landscaping scheme would serve to address the concerns. 
 
The Inspector determining the appeal agreed with the case put forward by Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy, finding the development to be acceptable both in terms of its visual impact and its effect on neighbouring occupiers, and duly granted planning permission.
 
The appellant gave us the following testimonial:
 
"I was very impressed with the professional approach of Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy.  They fully explained the situation and the options available to me, and then prepared a great appeal statement that resulted in us getting planning permission at appeal.  We are now able to enjoy our new decking.  A great service all round!"  (RH - Appellant)
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