Town and Country Planning

Planning permission obtained for new dwelling on heavily constrained site in a Cotswold village.

22 May 2018 | Ridge News

HPP is delighted to have obtained planning permission for the erection of a new dwelling in Withington on land which is subject to a number of constraints and has a complex planning history. The approved scheme incorporates the redevelopment of land through the removal of the existing buildings and erection of a single residential dwelling.

The proposal was particularly challenging as the site is situated outside the development boundary and within the Withington Conservation Area and Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Furthermore, planning permission had been refused in 2006 for the proposed development on a number of grounds; the site was outside any development boundary and therefore the principle was unacceptable, the proposal would have a detrimental impact on nearby trees and the AONB, and due to the limited level of services and facilities, the proposal was considered to be unsustainable.

To overcome the challenges raised by this case, HPP worked closely with architects Abberley Design and landscape architects MHP, to ensure that the proposed dwelling was of a high standard of design incorporating high quality landscaping. HPP was then able to present a robust case pointing out that the Local Plan is out of date and therefore Paragraph 14 of the NPPF is engaged which was supportive of the principle of such a proposal. Due to the quality of the design and landscaping, HPP was able to argue that the new dwelling would not have harmful impact on the Conservation and would have no negative impact on the AONB.

Cotswold District Council was satisfied that the proposal was policy compliant and would provide an enhancement to the Conservation Area and AONB whilst contributing to the supply of housing in the local area which is more suited to the growing elderly population. Furthermore, the Council agreed that the proposal met all three dimensions of sustainable development, and that there were a considerable number of benefits that resulted from the proposed development.

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