Planning success for a granny annexe in Maidstone
When a family sought permission for a 55 sq.m. detached granny annexe in their back garden, with two double bedrooms, open plan kitchen and living area, and a spacious wet room, they little thought they would face any issues.
But, although the rear garden was sufficiently large to accommodate this dwelling, they hadn’t considered that the plot was covered in mature vegetation, hedgerows and trees, some of which would have to be removed or pruned back to allow for the annexe.
The council’s ecologist had concerns that the proposal would impact upon habitat for birds and, potentially, bats.
We set about developing a detailed scheme for the enhancement of biodiversity on the site, incorporating a whole series of measures including a range of bat boxes to accommodate different seasons and species of bats.
The statement also highlighted a number of measures to increase the presence of birds, such as bird boxes and feeders located in strategic positions throughout the site.
The council’s ecologist was delighted with our proposed and planning permission was granted subject to a condition ensuring the enhancement of biodiversity on the site was carried out before occupation of the annexe.
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