Town and Country Planning

Planning permission obtained for the erection of 40 holiday lodges at Langdale Wood, Malvern

24 May 2018 | Ridge News

On behalf of the Three Counties Agricultural Society (TCAS), HPP is delighted to have obtained planning permission for the erection of 40 holiday lodges at Langdale Wood, Malvern.

The case was particularly challenging given the fact that the site is heavily constrained;

  • Forms part of the open countryside within a woodland setting
  • Excluded from any development boundary
  • Outside the Three Counties Showground site allocation boundary
  • Designated Local Wildlife site
  • Adjacent to AONB

Furthermore, there was a previous planning refusal on the site for 50 lodges.

HPP led a design team and held a number of pre-application discussions with officers from Malvern District Council. HPP ensured that these discussions were informed by a tree survey, information which justified the necessity for the lodges and a detailed sequential analysis which assessed other alternative sites within the ownership of the TCAS. Pre-app discussions were also held with the two relevant parish councils.

A detailed application was then submitted by HPP which was landscape led and incorporating a high quality design. This application clearly demonstrated the benefits of the scheme which included the following;

· Supporting the tourism and economic role of Three Counties Showground to allow it to continue to thrive in this rural area.

· Economic benefits to the wider Malvern Hills area, by providing tourism development in close proximity to the local towns and villages, as well as the AONB,

· Providing a high-quality holiday environment in a sustainable and accessible location.

· Providing significant ecological enhancements,

· The provision of significant tree planting and long-term aftercare that will ensure the longevity and woodland character is maintained.

Malvern District Council agreed with HPP that the proposal complied with the NPPF in that it supported economic growth in rural areas promoting a strong rural economy. In addition the proposal represented a form of sustainable rural tourism which respected the character of the countryside. The Council confirmed the scheme was landscape-led, sympathetic in design and responsive to the site context. Furthermore, the Council noted that the proposal offered a number of social, economic and environmental benefits. As such it was concluded that the proposal represented a sustainable form of development and complied with the Development Plan and the broad thrust of the NPPF.

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