Harley Court, Wanstead

Small Scale and Permitted Development

Firstplan advised on the planning strategy for works to upgrade and enhance Harley Court, a detached 1960’s block of flats in Wanstead.  Firstplan secured Prior Approval under Part 20 Class A of the amended Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2020 to allow an upward extension above the existing building to provide 12 additional one and two bed units.

Firstplan presented two alternative design options, both of which take full advantage of the new airspace permitted development rights by providing two additional storeys above the existing building.  We successfully argued that, in both instances, the carefully designed additional storeys serve to enhance the overall appearance of this somewhat dated, functional building.  Officers agreed that the proposals are acceptable in terms of external appearance and all other technical Prior Approval matters such as natural light, flood risk and amenity.

Scheme designed by Trevor Horne Architects.