Abbotts Kitchens new showroom

Delighted to see the new showroom for Abbotts Kitchens finally open after an extremely frustrating and protracted planning process. What seemed a simple proposition - to change an old MOT bay garage to a new showroom - proved to be anything but. The 'interpretation' of the local plan by the Policy Manager that the change would mean losing the building as a 'business' use (as the new use did not fall under the B-Use Classes) meant the Case Officer could not support what was obviously a good scheme. Following a committee visit, meetings and then a summons to a meeting by the Head of Planning (who accepted their error in judgement), finally resulted in the approval being received in late 2017. A big win for the little practice against quite formidable objection from the Council.

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