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Former lorry depot gains planning approval for residential site
16 April 2018
Planning permission has recently been secured for a further development of six dwellings on the site of a former lorry depot and repair yard at Church Road, Gorleston.
Fusion 13 successfully made the case that the development was in accordance with planning policy, sited within the development boundary allocated for residential development and addressed issues and resident concerns relating to design, overlooking and overshadowing.
On the basis that the use could revert back or reopen as a lorry depot at any time without the need for planning permission it was considered that the benefits of the development in removing a potentially noisy and anti-social use from a residential area and replacing it with a sustainable and well-designed housing scheme would outweigh any potential adverse effects on the existing dwellings.
Planning permission advice - Minster FM interview
9 April 2018
Minster FM interview – Planning Permission
Fusion 13’s in-house planning consultant Cheryl Ward and architectural lead/MD Lee Marsh were interviewed by Ben Fry from Minster FM to promote our ‘Planning Permission Advice Week’ which runs from 16-21 April. Listen to the interview at the link below. Find out how you can get your free session of expert advice.
New 4 bedroom chalet bungalow now complete in Spixworth
2 March 2018
A new build 4 bedroom chalet bungalow is now complete in Spixworth, Norwich. Fusion 13 provided architectural services from feasibility to completion. The new bungalow replaces a 2/3 bedroom bungalow that was in poor condition and had a poor layout. Initially working with the client to see if internal changes could be made to improve the existing dwelling, we concluded that the best option was to demolish the existing bungalow and replace it with a larger family dwelling, fit for modern lifestyles.
The new chalet bungalow includes an open plan kitchen/dining room, separate lounge, en-suite bathrooms and large amounts of glazing to maximise natural daylight and allow views over the large garden.
Successful planning appeal – Clarks Loke, Blofield Heath
26 February 2018
Fusion 13 worked to successfully appeal against refusal of planning permission for a four bedroom house at Land off Clark’s Loke, Blofield Heath. The site lies outside of the settlement boundary where the main issue was not aimed at the principle of the development but on highway safety grounds said to give rise to conditions in the Council’s opinion that would be detrimental to highway safety and therefore contrary to planning policy.
When the original planning application was refused under delegated powers, Fusion 13 acted to appeal the decision, liaising with a highway consultant and to bring together a Statement of Case, Statement of Common Ground, a Proof of Evidence and Rebuttal Evidence and successfully challenge the Council’s reasons for refusal.
We successfully demonstrated that the site can be adequately and safely accessed using the existing accesses. In doing so, evidence was collected using speed data and traffic counters and the Manual for Streets 2 (MfS2) publication all of which the deciding Inspector later relied on to decide the appeal.
Planning & listed building consent in NYMNP
9 February 2018
Planning and listed building consent secured from submission to receipt of decision in less than 7 weeks for a superb Grade II listed property situated in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. The scheme involves significant internal re-modelling together with external modifications and additions. Well done to the Fusion 13 team, another project on schedule.
Planning approval obtained – Fletcher Close, Tunstead
6 February 2018
Fusion 13 obtained full planning permission from North Norfolk District Council for a single storey rear extension to a three-bedroom bungalow in Tunstead. The approved scheme replaces an existing conservatory with an extension and reconfiguration to improve circulation and move daytime living areas to the rear overlooking the gardens and bedrooms to the front. We look forward to starting work to gain Building Regulation approval.
Castle Howard Drive, Malton
1 February 2018
Fusion 13 are pleased to be working on a new project in Castle Howard Drive, Malton. The project gives the opportunity to bring design quality and compatibility to the entrance to Castle Howard Drive, Malton. At present the principle elevation of our client’s dwelling does not benefit from a definitive front entrance. The proposal seeks to introduce a two storey side extension which creatively links with the front façade to provide a new enclosed porch and successfully meets the clients brief. The application was prepared and submitted to Ryedale District Council in January and we wait the outcome of this.
Self-build five-bed houses achieve planning in Hevingham
1 February 2018
Fusion 13’s planning application for two ‘self-build’ executive five-bedroom houses in Brick Kiln Rd, Hevingham has been approved by Broadland District Council. The scheme provides two comfortable detached houses with a classic design to the front and an open plan feel inside. Initially the council weren’t supportive of the application. However, Fusion 13 negotiated with the council and made some minimal design changes which didn’t impinge on the footprint and layout of the houses and gained full planning approval. Building work is due to start later this year once building regulation approval has been gained.
Malton chef cooks for Fusion 13
25 January 2018
Fusion 13 like to do things differently, on 25 January we had our ‘Christmas’ event for staff and special guests.
Local chef, hospitality consultant and wine merchant Matt Beevers designed and prepared a mouth-watering seven course meal paired with seven wines and sherry from his wine and spirits emporium, Maison Du Vin in Malton. We were lucky enough to have the Malton Cookery School for the evening, watching Matt cook in front of us before finishing off with a night cap at Maison Du Vin.
Matt prepared a largely gluten and dairy free menu (at our request) and concentrated on flavours and locally sourced produce. Such delights as cured halibut loin infused in gin and lemon, freshly caught from Whitby that morning and a tasting of wild mushroom, a tortellini with parma ham, thyme, port and white chocolate. We had not one, but two, dessert courses: a trio of aromatic tasting sweet treats – Earl Grey and orange crème brulee, coconut and lemongrass panna cotta and lime and cardamom mousse; followed by a selection of all things chocolate with Tonka bean, each with an amazing and perfectly matched dessert wine.
The gourmet private dining evening is one of the ways Fusion 13 say thank you to staff for their hard work and dedication over the past year. Thanks to Matt and his assistant on the evening Debbie, for a wonderful evening, we look forward to the next time.
Planning appeal submitted - Norwich
6 February 2018
Fusion 13 have recently submitted an appeal for our client Mr E for 147A Magdalen Rd, Norwich to the Planning Inspectorate. This follows the refusal of planning permission for change of use of office to a dwelling. The appeal is by the written representations method and the grounds of appeal and the necessary evidence has been formulated in an appeal statement by Fusion 13’s Planning Consultant, Cheryl Ward.
To run in tandem with the appeal Fusion 13 pursued a revised application with a view to overcoming the scheme that was turned down. Addressing the vital areas of concern surrounding amenity, viability, diversity and the nearby Conservation Area achieved planning approval for the revised application. The appeal is still in progress, as the first submission is still the client’s preferred option.
This leads on to advise …… if you’ve had planning permission refused in the last two years Fusion 13 are happy to look at a post refusal strategy with you or consider your chances of success at appeal. We can either work alongside your existing team or provide full architecture and planning services in-house at our offices in Norfolk or North Yorkshire.
Construction progressing well with affordable housing site, Sprowston Road, Norwich
9 November 2017
We are pleased to report that construction is now well under way by Draper and Nichols for a development of nine new build flats for Orwell Housing Association. The properties are North of Norwich centre. They will consist of one and two-bedroom flats.
Code for Sustainable Homes submission, Newmarket for Lovells
6 November 2017
Post construction assessment has just been submitted to the BRE for certification for St Johns Avenue, Newmarket. The scheme of 21 dwellings (bungalows and houses) has been designed to comply with level 4 of the code. This required all dwellings to show at least a 19% improvement on building regulations part L. This was achieved with fabric insulation and PV panels. The scheme also benefits from smart energy meters, low consumption internal water fittings, reduction in on-construction waste and additions to improve the ecological value of the site.
Building regulations approval – Newbiggin, Malton
2 November 2017
North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership have granted building regulation approval for the demolition of the existing utility building and internal ground floor alterations along with construction of two single storey rear extensions to this Victorian terraced property in Malton. We look forward to construction starting on site in the new year.
Planning approval gained – Squires Walk, Lowestoft
25 October 2017
We are delighted that planning permission has been granted by Waveney District Council for construction of a single-storey rear and single storey front extension in Lowestoft. Our designs have increased the existing two-bedroom bungalow to include four double bedrooms, a large open plan kitchen dining area and separate space for a utility room. We look forward to progressing the scheme to the next stage.
Planning approval gained – Links Avenue, Hellesdon
20 October 2017
We are pleased to announce that Broadland District council have granted planning permission for the construction of a loft conversion and two-storey rear extension and replacement garage in Hellesdon. The existing three-bedroom detached bungalow will utilise the loft space to accommodate two new bedrooms and a shower room. The new extension will provide a larger kitchen dining area and a new utility room along with a downstairs cloakroom that meets our client’s needs in being easily accessible from the rear garden without going through the rest of the house.
Do you still need Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) accreditation?
23 October 2017
Fusion 13 continue to be appointed for CSH projects even though the Government withdrew the scheme in 2015. Like some of our clients you may still need to meet it. If you need any advice on CSH contact Lee Marsh who will be happy to discuss further 03333 443013. You can also find out more in Environmental services
Great evening of networking and jazz
11 October 2017
Some fantastic jazz by the Laginha, Argüelles, Norbakken Trio was enjoyed by Rachael Thacker and Lee Marsh at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall in York, courtesy of Rollits who are supporting York University’s flagship concert series for the current academic year. It was a very entertaining evening, with good networking as well as wonderful jazz. Thanks to Clair Douglas and John Lane at Rollits for the invite.
Building regulations approval – Northcote Avenue, York
6 October 2017
We are delighted to announce that building regulations approval was gained for a two-storey side extension. The new two-storey side extension will provide and extra bedroom with en-suite, increased living space and a replacement garage. We look forward to construction starting on-site in the near future.
Norwich garage sites for Orwell Housing Association
29 September 2017
We look forward to working again with Wellington Construction Ltd and Brooks and Wood Ltd on numerous garage sites in Norwich. We were appointed to undertake the SAP calculations earlier in the year at the design/planning stages by Orwell Housing Association and have now been appointed by the scheme contractors to carry out the as-built SAP calculations and EPSs. The scheme provides 43 new build dwellings, built on existing garage sites owned the Norwich City Council.
Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
29 September 2017
Fusion 13 were delighted to host Park Farm Courtyard’s 2017 coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. A big thank you to everyone who supported and attended the event, between us we raised close to £200. Congratulations to Laura Cotter from BStreamlined who won the cake-bake with her delicious cappuccino cake.
Planning approval gained – Dock Tavern Lane, Gorleston
13 September 2017
Planning was approved by members at committee (subject to a Section 106 being completed) for 22 new build flats along the riverside in Gorleston. We look forward to progressing this project to the next stage.
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Planning approval gained – Tusting Close, Norwich
31 August 2017
We are happy to report that Broadland District Council approved our planning application to extend a two-bedroom semi-detached house. The new extension will provide a much-needed additional bedroom, increased and now open-plan living space and a separate utility room and wet room. Our designs include a glass flat roof to the single storey extension and bi-fold doors to the rear.
The UK Government’s Planning Portal
Building Regulations – Approved documents
Building Regulations – When you need approval
Permitted Development – The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015