National Express were refused planning for the conversion of a mixed-use light industrial 1.5ha site to a new coach depot at Takeley near Stansted Airport in 2018.

The site lies at the edge of a Countryside Protection Zone and the reasons for refusal were the impact on the countryside and the setting of the adjacent Waltham Hall Barn listed building.

DA, working with Vail Williams Planning, were part of the successful appeal team in 2019 that demonstrated the positive reuse of PDL with the conversion of a former grain store to a coach maintenance workshop.

In addition a comprehensive landscape design and management plan with discreet external lighting unifies the present disparate site uses while enhancing the context of the listed building. When appropriate DA can call upon significant expert witness experience for realistic planning appeal advice.