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Brookwood Park Cemetery

Carter Planning has assisted Brookwood Cemetery with proposals to remediate and landscape an area of land covering almost 2 hectares in the Surrey Green Belt to provide more plots for future burials.

Brookwood Cemetery first opened in 1854 and was at one time the largest cemetery in the world. Today, it continues to be the largest cemetery in Western Europe and since its opening, approximately 250,000 people have been laid to rest within the beautiful grounds. The cemetery is listed a Grade I site in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Brookwood Cemetery was conceived by the London Necropolis Company in 1849 to house London’s deceased, at a time when the capital was finding it difficult to accommodate its increasing population of living and dead.

Brookwood was originally accessible by rail from a special station, the London Necropolis Railway Station, next to Waterloo Station in Central London.

The Cemetery also contains the Brookwood Military Cemetery which covers 15 hectares and includes the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom and the Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial.

Three Houses in the Maidenhead Green Belt

A proposal to erect three detached, traditional style dwellings in the Green Belt outside Maidenhead has been approved. The redevelopment involves the demolition of commercial buildings and hard-standing used for a lorry yard. Maidenhead, Green Belt

The Council accepted Carter Planning’s submission that the land was previously developed, and that the appearance of the proposed homes and reduction to traffic generation would improve the openness and appearance of the Green Belt. (Architects: Ascot Design)

Chesham Prep School, Green Belt Improvements

Carter Planning were delighted to assist Chesham Preparatory School in negotiating the significant improvement and expansion of their facilities on a Green Belt site. The School, which caters for boys and girls from four to thirteen, are to provide a new indoor swimming pool to enable the staff to deliver the curriculum and improve the health and fitness of its pupils.

Chesham Prep School, Green Belt

The dining room was in need of expansion, having been built when the school originally moved to the site. This is to be replaced by a new purpose built facility with extra classrooms. A new school hall was also required as the only space for assemblies, performances and other large scale activities or meetings and events was the existing sports hall. The new hall will accommodate parent-staff meetings, assemblies, theatrical productions, concerts, lectures or several of the extra-curricular activities introduced over the years. (Architects: ADP Architecture)


Replacement house approved in the Green Belt

A replacement house resulting in a 69% increase in floorspace over that of the existing dwelling was accepted on the basis that whilst this was a largeReplacement House percentage increase in floorspace within the Green Belt, the scale and bulk of the proposals was considered not to affect the openness of the locality. Full planning permission was granted. (Architect: Ascot Design)


Special Circumstances for Factory in Surrey Green Belt

Vision Engineering - Special Circumstances for Factory in Surrey Green Belt

Carter Planning is pleased to have prepared the “very special circumstances” justification for the erection of an 80,000 sq ft factory in the Surrey Green Belt, together with the erection of 23 residential dwellings and the demolition of the existing factory buildings. The proposal is to create a new global headquarters for Vision Engineering, a high-technology optical business, by amalgamating sites in the area and redeveloping the existing site for residential houses and flats.

Vision Engineering competes with international companies such as Olympus, Nikon, Carl Zeiss, Leica, and Mitutoyo. In order to improve global competitiveness they required larger, modern premises. The Company has 200 highly skilled employees. Redevelopment next to one of their existing facilities contributes to sustainable job retention and creation and allows the business to continue production during the development.

Guildford Borough Council accepted that allowing a modern facility to be built in the Green Belt on a single site, improves operational efficiencies, retains employment and provides new job opportunities in this area, which would benefit the local economy and community. This gives the Company the ability to significantly improve their position in the global market in which they are competing, to contribute to the UK economy and the reputation of UK technology industries abroad. The Secretary of State has agreed with our submissions that ‘very special circumstances’ exist and has agreed that the economic benefits of the proposal are such that he did not need to call the scheme in for his determination. Architect: BBF Fielding

Garage and Accommodation Permitted in Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Garage in Chiltern AONBPermission for a four car garage with accommodation over has been granted on appeal in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Green Belt. In allowing the appeal, the inspector concluded that the development was not inappropriate in the Green Belt, as the building was not disproportionate to that already on site, and that the design and location would not harm the character of the AONB.

Planning Appeal decision featured in Legal Journal

Planning Appeal Decision featured in Journal of Planning and Environment Law

Our successful planning appeal for entrance gates to a residential estate in the Green Belt, is now being quoted as an authoritative case for two reasons. Firstly, the provisions of a development order are to be interpreted in a broad and common sense manner and the Planning Inspector also considered the definition of what constitutes “adjacent to a highway” in a number of ways and concluded the gates were not adjacent to a highway. See Journal of Planning and Environment Law Issue 5 2013 published by Sweet and Maxwell ISSN: 0307-4870.

Green Belt Development


Two commercial barns and a farmhouse in multiple occupation in the Berkshire Green Belt have been approved for conversion to dwellings and flats respectively following a successful appeal. The Planning Inspector agreed that the development was appropriate under the Governments new National Planning Policy Framework’s policies on the Green Belt.