Prior Notification approved under Class O (offices to residential) in Exeter

C2C Planning Consultants have assisted with the successful submission of a prior notification application to Exeter City Council for the conversion of a small block of offices in a residential part of Exeter to 5 apartments.

As Class O does not allow for external alterations, such as the removal of the garage door in the photo above, a tandem planning application was submitted for the external alterations required to better facilitate the conversion.

Permission was granted for both and we have a happy client!

10 years and still counting…

The “On this Day” feature on Facebook is an interesting start to my day, most days.  A quick look at what I did on this day over the last 10 years of so stirs memories of good times and sometimes I have no idea what I was talking about!

For example, on the 6th April 2016 I was on holiday on the Amalfi Coast, I changed my name back to Lyle on this day 8 years ago and I wrote “guess who’s back….damn it!!” 10 years ago (George Clooney was stalking me, obviously!)

It is also 10 years ago that I left Foot Anstey, spent a month in New Zealand and came back to start this practice with bright eyes and a bushy tail.  The rest, as they say, is history!

“TRADITIONAL GIFT: Tin or Aluminium is the traditional present associated with the 10th wedding anniversary. … MODERN GIFT: Diamonds have become the modern present associated with the 10th wedding anniversary. Diamond gifts are obviously more expensive than the traditional tin or aluminium presents.”

What a start to 2018!

As a small business in today’s almost 24 hr society it is sometimes impossible to retreat from the technological perks that assist us in the working week.  When we are enjoying time with friends and family over the Christmas period, taking a photo of the “Game of Life” battle at the dining room table, an email notification pops up on the phone.  That little red circle is frustratingly difficult to ignore for the rest of the holiday so, you open your email app and, there it is, an email from the Planning Inspectorate…

You know by the subject line that it is the appeal decision you have been waiting for.  Do you or don’t you – open it, that is.

You open it.

You scan for the magic words.


You open the cost award decision.

You scan for the magic words.


What a start to 2018 for our client, his bank balance and C2C Planning Consultants!


Talk to us about your Game of Life strategy where it involves property development.

(P.S.  I won, but I lost at Game of Life.  I was first to the winning post but not rich enough.  Life imitates art?)

Christmas and New Year Opening Times

The C2C Planning Consultants office will be closed on 21st December until 2nd January 2018 while we enjoy the company of our friends and family over the festive period.

We appreciate that this might be the time of year when you are thinking about that kitchen extension for Christmas catering/parties next year, the teenage/granny annex at the bottom of the garden or the plan to move on to warmer climes!  We might not be at the end of the phone but contact us via the contact page and we might be able to respond while others are snoozing on the sofa!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Appeal for retrospective garage won whilst the threat of prosecution hangs over the development.

A new client approached us with a rather urgent situation and needed our help.

A nearly completed garage building had been served an enforcement notice, that notice hadn’t been appealed and prosecution action was being pursued by the Council.  Planning permission was just about to be refused for the retention of the building and things were looking somewhat…complicated.

C2C Planning Consultants sought a stay of execution on the prosecution action while appealing the refusal of planning permission within 4 days of the issue of the refusal notice.   The Council refused to pause the proceedings, despite it not being expedient to pursue action while our client had every right to appeal the refusal of planning permission.

We are delighted to have received planning permission from the Planning Inspectorate.

“…when completed with rendered walls as well as windows and doors as shown …the building will not look out of keeping within this residential area. The appearance of the new structure will be softened substantially with the addition of planting as shown on the submitted plans…

The appeal development is sufficiently well designed such that it respects the special qualities of this part of Torbay. In relation to the main issue, the development does not have a harmful effect upon the character and appearance of the site and surrounding area…

I consider …that the building is acceptable on its own merits in terms of this main issue and is not reliant upon the previous planning permission as a fall-back proposal.”

We will be writing to the Council to ensure that the prosecution action will be dropped as, for some reason, they haven’t contacted us to confirm!

Congratulations all round.

What are you going to do with your “extra” hour tomorrow?

11234911_10153413404504467_1286096498597670557_nNope, who haven’t missed the changing of the clocks.

Tomorrow is National 4pm Finish Day.

Employers can sign up on the Red Bull site and if you are in London, Manchester or Leeds you are in with the chance to have the “Wings Team” visit your office  with cold cans of Red Bull

As a marketing tool to promote productivity and working smarter rather than longer hours, sadly it isn’t a compulsory thing.  #4pmFinish isn’t about slacking off, it’s about being more productive. There are plenty of tips out there on how to clear your in-tray.

All in C2C Planning Consultants will be finishing at 4pm tomorrow. Join us and leave a comment below as to what you will do with your “spare” hour tomorrow.


Who wouldn’t want their mother/mother-in-law living at the end of the garden?

Whilst this article in This is Money online magazine mentions that one of the interviewees applied for planning permission for a granny annex at the end of the garden, it can be the case that planning permission is not required.


We certainly would recommend you apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness.

Contact us at C2C Planning or fill out the form below to discuss your current or emerging needs (it doesn’t have to be your mother or your mother-in-law!)

Appeal won to convert barn to dwelling under Class Q

It took two planning applications and an appeal to the Secretary of State to finally be granted planning permission to convert this beauty into a dwelling.


The issue centred around whether the appellant must “prove beyond all reasonable doubt” that the building and its associated land was in sole agricultural use.   Continue reading Appeal won to convert barn to dwelling under Class Q