News: 28 September 2018Planning secured for new Gloucestershire development at appeal

Our Bristol team have secured planning permission for 215 new homes in South Gloucestershire at appeal. Worked on by our Planners, Masterplanners, Landscape Architects and Development Economics team, the new community was granted permission at appeal after the Inspector accepted that a significant housing shortfall, outweighed the harm and conflict with development plan policy.

After a previous application for the site was refused in 2012, the team worked with the Council’s Planning and Landscape officers to prepare a landscape-led scheme.  The team worked to identify the areas of the site that were the most sensitive, focussing housing on the areas that were most capable of accommodating development. The revised designs include pockets within the landscape and the number of homes were reduced to decrease the impact of the development. The revised scheme also pulled development away from the key landscape feature of a dry valley which runs through the middle of the site. As the site comprises a large number of mature trees in hedgerows, the team ensured there was a robust strategy for the protection of those trees, to minimise their loss. 

The scheme was supported by Officers, but Councillors refused the application following strong local opposition. Through the appeal process, our Planning and Development Economics team provided extensive evidence on the scale of the housing shortfall and affordable housing need within the authority were demonstrated that whilst the site was outside the Councils aspired walking distance to services, there was a sufficient number of services and facilities within reasonable walking distance to serve the new community.

Associate Planner Peter Roberts said: “We are delighted to have secured planning permission at appeal for this fantastic new scheme. This scheme demonstrates that through working closely with the design and landscape team, as well as officers, that strong opposition can be overcome and solutions can be found that are acceptable to both officers and an independent inspector. We genuinely believe this new development will provide a high-quality living environment.”

The scheme will be made up of over 50% of open space and consist of 215 homes, 5% of which will be self-build plots. The landscape led development will consist of green routes, wild-flower meadows, allotments and play areas, improving access to green space for existing and new residents.

 

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