Running Water
Overcoming Planning Challenges
Project Overview
Running Water is a project developed by Urban & Rural, starting with an initial site appraisal before purchase. Based on our input, the client acquired the site, and we initiated a formal Pre-application process with Canterbury City Council’s Planning Department.
Design and Planning
Despite the Pre-application feedback indicating that a full application would not be supported, Urban & Rural collaborated with the client to develop a detailed planning application. The scheme was presented to the Parish Council and then submitted as a Full Planning application. The Case Officer recommended refusal in the Officer’s report, but Urban & Rural prepared a compelling justification and presented it to the Planning Committee in the Council Chambers.
After a lengthy debate, the councillors voted 7 in favor, 4 abstaining, and 3 against, securing full planning consent despite the Planning Department’s recommendation for refusal. This case exemplifies how high-quality design and a well-prepared application can achieve approval against initial expectations. Urban & Rural have since completed the detailed design and produced a full technical package to commence construction on site. We look forward to seeing the completed scheme.
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