Planning win for revised housing proposals at Darley Dale

Planning & Design Practice received detailed planning permission for a large five-bedroom dormer bungalow on land within the grounds of Penzer House, Darley Dale, located off the A6 opposite St Elphins retirement community in Derbyshire in October 2020.

The site was subsequently sold, and the new owners wanted amendments to the approved bungalow to include a first-floor balcony off the principal bedroom, changes to the internal layout including additional upper floor space and alterations to garaging plus the provision of a hobby workshop and store.

The new owners came to us because of our previous involvement with the scheme and our expertise in planning within both Darley Dale and the wider Derbyshire Dales. We have submitted planning applications in the District for over 20 years.

It is common practice in the District to submit a pre-app first and pay a pre-app fee. Unlike many councils’, pre-apps are taken seriously and we received useful feedback following a site meeting and a written response. Whilst this delayed the process and cost more money it provided us with useful advice and helped the client understand the issues that the council had.

The council were generally satisfied with the changes although they raised some concerns regarding the hobby workshop.

We submitted the plans and revised the hobby workshop; we lowered its height to remove any concerns that it could be used as additional residential accommodation. The planners wanted further reductions in the size of the hobby workshop, but we held firm, arguing that the proposals were reasonable in the context of the site. After much debate, the application was approved under delegated powers. It is hoped that work will start in 2022.

Planning & Design Practice is a multi-disciplinary team of Town Planners, Architects, Architectural Assistants and Design Professionals. We can take a project through from inception to completion but we also offer the flexibility to engage a client’s own architects and provide a planning service, whilst our design team can also work with clients who have engaged other town planning professionals. We have extensive knowledge about the policies and procedures of individual councils and the approach taken by planning officers and Councillors. For a no obligation consultation to discuss your project or property, please get in touch on 01332 347371 or by email at

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