Town and Country Planning

HPP secures permission for 23 dwellings (including 9 affordable) on appeal at Gretton, Gloucestershire

11 October 2016 | Ridge News

The main issues related to the impact of the proposal upon the character and appearance of the area, the setting of a nearby Grade II listed building, the habitat of great crested newts, the setting of the nearby AONB and the impact of the proposal upon the character and appearance of two trees which were protected by TPOs. The proposal was therefore the subject of a number of planning constraints.

The site is located under the jurisdiction of Tewkesbury Borough Council, which was unable to demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply.

The Inspector concluded that the proposed scheme would cause no harm to the layout of the existing settlement or the existing built form and it would not harm the character and appearance of the area or the setting of the AONB. Furthermore, the Inspector considered the appellant’s response to the identified presence of Great Crested Newts to be appropriate and robust and consistent with the Framework. Some slight harm would be incurred to the setting of the listed building, however that would have to be weighed in the overall planning balance.

The absence of the 5 Year Housing Land Supply resulted in the engagement of paragraphs 49 and 14 of the Framework. Accordingly, the Inspector found the scheme to represent a sustainable development whereby harm associated with the proposal would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.

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