The Campus, Welwyn Garden City
Kenny Brown acted as an expert witness for McCarthy & Stone after the refusal of planning permission for a 59 unit assisted living scheme on the site of a 1960s police station in Welwyn Garden City.
Located on a prominent site in the conservation area, the Council refused permission on design grounds despite an evidently sympathetic design. The decision was appealed and I gave evidence in favour of the design at a public inquiry.
The Inspector sensibly found in favour of the scheme and stated:
"The appeal proposal responds both physically and visually to the garden city framework in a manner which would enhance the Campus and its role within the planned town centre. Secondly the scheme would make a positive contribution to the townscape quality of the civic area without undermining those attributes which the Appraisal highlights as important here. The significance of the Welwyn Garden City Conservation area as a designated heritage asset would be sustained and enhanced."
The appeal scheme as built