Town and Country Planning

HPP obtains consent for 166 new dwellings in Lydney incorporating 18% affordable.

5 December 2017 | Ridge News

Planning permission has been granted by the Forest of Dean District Council (FODDC) for the erection of 166 new dwellings in Lydney, incorporating 18% affordable, landscaping and open space.

The application was presented before Committee due to its departure from the Development Plan and it being a major application. With the FODDC being unable to demonstrate a five year housing land supply, it was accepted that the Core Strategy housing policies are out of date.

On behalf of Edenstone Homes, HPP was able to convince FODDC that despite being outside the development boundary, the proposal supported the hierarchy of the settlements as detailed within the Core Strategy, which confirms that Lydney, along with the other market towns such as Sedbury and Tutshill, is a location where most development is envisaged.

With reference to the affordable housing contribution, HPP was able to demonstrate that in this case, the appraisal work undertaken identifies that a viable scheme would deliver an 18% affordable housing contribution, in addition to the other requested contributions which included education and public transport. FODDC accepted that to deliver a policy compliant scheme of 40% affordable housing would mean that the scheme would not be viable.

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