Berkeley House Planning Appeal

Berkeley House Planning Appeal

After a thorough seven-day appeal process, Berkeley Homes has successfully obtained planning permission for the redevelopment project at Berkeley House in Sevenoaks.

The planning appeal involves the demolition of Berkeley Groups former offices and the construction of a contemporary four storey residential complex providing 69 apartments.

In a significant development, the Planning Inspector ruled in favour of Berkeley Homes and also awarded a portion of the costs incurred by the company. This decision was influenced by Sevenoaks District Council’s actions, which were deemed unreasonable. The council attempted to expand the scope of the issues beyond the original grounds for refusal. Notably, the Inspector observed that the council introduced a secondary reason for refusal during the planning appeal process concerning the impact on trees due to the development. This point had not been raised in the planning committee report or the minutes of the committee meeting.

Berkeley Planning Appeal
Berkeley Planning Appeal

Daylight & Sunlight – Berkeley Homes Planning Appeal

Our team played a crucial role throughout the planning appeal process by offering comprehensive guidance on Daylight & Sunlight aspects, which greatly supported the planning application. We effectively addressed last-minute objections raised by local residents in relation to existing trees on the site and ensuring adequate levels of daylight and sunlight could be demonstrated within the proposed accommodation.

Berkeley Homes’ success in obtaining planning permission underscores our commitment to delivering well-designed and community-friendly projects while navigating complex daylight & sunlight issues. We look forward to contributing positively to the transformation of Berkeley House and creating a vibrant residential space for the Sevenoaks community


The team at Anstey Horne, led by Associate Director William Whitehouse, advised Berkeley on all aspects of daylight & sunlight associated with the planning application and subsequent appeal.

Client : Berkeley Homes

Architect : JTP Architects

Planning : Boyer Planning

Services : Daylight & Sunlight

Sector : Mixed Use

Also see our recent post on the new BRE guidelines for Daylight & Sunlight.

Daylight & Sunlight Services

Detailed Daylight & Sunlight Assessments

Masterplanning & Site Optimisation

Maximum Development Envelopes & Optimisation

Façade Analysis & Optimisation

Internal Daylight & Sunlight Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Transient Overshadowing

Hours in Sun for Amenity Space

Climate Based Assessment

Tree Impact Assessments

Radiance Studies

Solar Glare

Solar Panel Assessments

Light Pollution

Expert Witness

Technical adviser to Local Planning Authorities

New British Standard EN17037 View Out Assessment

For advice on Daylight & Sunlight direct from one of our surveyors, please call our Daylight & Sunlight Enquiry Line on 020 4534 3138.

If you would like us to call you, please fill in our Contact Us form and we will call you back.

Link: Contact Us

Team members shown:

  • William Whitehouse
  • Matthew Grant

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