West Sussex Granny Annexe

NAPC were instructed to provide planning services for a couple intending to build a granny annexe within their back garden in Hassocks.

The annexe was to be occupied by their parents, both 89 and had expressed a desire to come and live ‘in the garden’ to be closer to their family.

The annexe would allow the applicant to support them due to several health issues , whilst they maintain their own independence.

According to the adopted Planning Policy Inset Map, the site would be located within the countryside and the South Downs National Park abuts the southern and western boundaries.

This therefore meant NAPC would have to put forward a good case to reassure the council the countryside and the adjacent national park would remain unaffected by the annexe.

NAPC stated that the proposed annexe was to be sited to the northwest of the main dwelling house and would therefore benefit from natural screening to this boundary. Careful consideration had been given to the positioning to ensure that the development would not negatively impact upon the street scene and the neighbouring dwelling, whilst maintaining a strong ancillary relationship with the host dwelling.

Additionally, the size agreed by both the applicant and NAPC, ensured comfortable living accommodation yet ensuring the site was not overdeveloped.

In terms of appearance, NAPC worked with the annexe provider to ensure that the granny annexe appears subordinate to the main dwelling and reflects the local character and the host dwelling.

This included screw pile foundation, dark grey roof tiles and external cladding in black. Together, reflecting the character of the area and integrating within the garden context.

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

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