<drum roll>.....we have our planning application approval! yay!!
I was really expecting a long drawn out process but pretty much a month after we hired our planning consultant we got our approval.
I'm pretty gobsmacked to be honest but we're over the moon. can't believe it all happened so quickly.
I had discussions with the planning consultant about what we were willing to compromise on and what we weren't. we also determined what we could potentially build using PD on the existing building and the planning consultant also did some research and found other approvals for applications that were similar in size increase over the existing property as ours. Putting it all together we ended up offering to remove the annexe whilst keeping the rest of the building the same but with increasing the basement to the full size of the main building.
A bit of escalation within the department as our planning officer was out of office for a while and we were told to submit the new drawings with the annexe removed and a decision would be made on those new drawings without the need for another consultation period.
all of the above equated to us receiving our approval this morning. 😀
the bubbly is in the fridge chilling and waiting to be opened shortly.