‘In the wake of adversity, seeds of greater things are sown’

November 3, 2017


One of my favourite sayings is that ‘In the wake of adversity, seeds of greater things are sown’. Basically, when life is shit and everything is put in your way, that makes you become more creative and find alternative solutions to a problem.


I had one such incident like that just this week, whereby a client of mine wanted to put quite a substantial side extension on his house in Norwich and the local authority didn't really want him to do that. Then to compound the problem, he wanted to put a large double garage in his front garden. Now that isn't really unusual because it was a private road and neighbours had similar garages in their front gardens, but for some reason, the local authority really didn't want this guy to have this project so they wouldn't allow the garage whatsoever.


So the way forward was that I suggested him to lessen the impact of the of the extension. He could do this by reducing it a little. The reduction in width of the extension then allowed him to get access to the back garden.


Now those of you that know about permitted development would know that you can do all sorts of weird and wonderful things without the need for planning permission. So my suggestion essentially was to appease the local authority, remove the garage all together from the front of the house, reduce the extension in width just a little to get access to the rear and then he was able to put an absolutely massive building at the back of his of his garden probably about twice maybe even three times the size of the garage that he wanted in the first place.


So now not only did he now have a garage that he originally wanted but he's also got a gym, an art room and an office all in all that doesn't require planning permission.


So like I say in the wake of adversity, seeds of greater things are sown. It pays to be creative!

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