Planning Approval, Granny Annexe, Hassocks, West Sussex

Planning approval for Granny Annexe, West Sussex

NAPC were instructed to secure planning approval for a granny annexe in Hassocks, West Sussex that will serve as a living space for the applicant’s elderly parents. It was imperative that the parents, who are 89 years old, reside “in the garden” to be closer to their family. This annexe will provide the necessary support for the parents’ health concerns while ensuring their independence.

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Location of the granny annexe in Hassocks, West Sussex

As per the Planning Policy Inset Map, the site is situated in the South Downs National Park and is adjacent to its southern and western boundaries.Accordingly, NAPC had to submit a strong case to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) that the countryside and national park would not be negatively affected.  

NAPC specified that the annexe must be situated in the northwest of the main house.  And effectively concealed by natural screening. The location of the annexe was meticulously selected to ensure no negative impact on the surrounding vicinity. While maintaining a solid ancillary link to the main house.

Structure and size of the granny annexe

Additionally, the size agreed upon by the applicant and NAPC, ensured comfortable living accommodation. This also ensured the site was not overdeveloped.  NAPC worked with the annexe builder to ensure that the annexe appears subordinate to the main house and reflects the local character and that of the main house.  The foundations were screw piles, with dark grey roof tiles and black external cladding. Together, they reflect the character of the area and integrate within the garden.

Planning approval achieved

After all our input, the planning application for a substantial 52.5 sqm annexe was granted permission despite original concerns.

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