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New Executive Dwelling Appeal

Planning Appeal Success Story: Dream Executive Home for
Stoke-on-Trent Resident

Site: Land at 165 Star & Garter Road, Lightwood, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 7HJ

Project: New dwelling – Appeal against refusal

Planning Appeal Reference: APP/M3455/W/22/3296945

Council: Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1HH

Appeal Decision: please click here to download


A homeowner's dream of building a beautiful detached executive dwelling house in Stoke-on-Trent faced initial setbacks. Despite multiple refusals, the homeowner sought our expert guidance to navigate the planning process.

An appeal was made under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against a refusal to grant planning permission for a new house.  The refusal was based on the character and appearance of the surrounding area in terms of “poor” design and the detrimental and negative impact on the living conditions of neighbouring occupiers. 


We get asked to submit planning appeals and unlike our “competitors”, we like to be honest and upfront; if we don’t think you will win the planning or enforcement appeal, we will tell you.  In this case, we advised the client that he should appeal. 

After careful evaluation, the land owner was advised to appeal the decision, as the proposed design aligned with local planning guidelines and national regulations. With our unwavering support, the appeal was successfully won, clearing the path for the homeowner's dream to become a reality.


This case underscores the importance of seeking professional assistance for planning aspirations. While cost-cutting may seem appealing, the expertise of experienced town planners can be invaluable in securing favourable outcomes. Our team's in-depth knowledge of local planning policies and proven track record make us a trusted partner for navigating the complexities of planning applications and appeals.

What we learnt was that sometimes officers will refuse schemes if they are not represented by professional and qualified Town Planner -  without getting challenged council planning officers may refuse schemes where they are “borderline”.  Sometimes people may try and save money by using other cheap firms who rely on exaggerated reviews on the internet; we are not the cheapest and we are not on Tiktok!

If you're seeking guidance on planning permission, planning appeals, or planning enforcement in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, look no further than our team of experts. We're committed to transforming your vision into a tangible reality.

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