Wednesday, 11 September 2019

A Tremendous Whack!

One of the loveliest building plots on the Northumberland and Berwickshire coastline, certainly with one of the best views, finally has planning permission for the erection of a dwelling that befits the site.  The long route to planning success for a five-bedroom house at Lamberton was made in three steps, all subject to appeal.  The third stage, a fully detailed scheme for our client’s bespoke dream home, was rejected at first instance for massing and for its effect on the ancient, ruined church nearby.  The Local Review Body of Scottish Borders Council found no adverse effect and unanimously supported the Smith & Garratt design.  In the words of Winston Churchill, “If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once, then come back and hit it again, then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack”.

Upon hearing, our client wrote, “I just got news about the planning.  I’m reeling from shock; to be honest I thought this day would never come!  I can’t believe all your hard work has finally paid off and I’m so grateful for all your help getting this through.  I could just go and stand on the plot with a bottle of champagne and make a toast, I am so chuffed; thank you so very much!

Senior surveyor Hugh Garratt provided the planning consultancy; architectural technologist Taylor Dickinson produced the scheme drawings, visual materials and photomontages.  We say, “For clarity of thought, good design and tenacity in the application of planning policy, come to Smith & Garratt”.