After almost three years of effort involving pre-application discussion and submissions, negotiations with the council, almost limitless patience by the client and design team and a weighty planning appeal submission, it is a great relief to finally obtain planning success for our client.
The scheme, the provision of eight new homes on a local wildlife site and adjacent to ancient woodland and a proposed nature reserve, always had at its heart the provision of ecological mitigation and enhancement measures to ensure the new homes could be honestly described as ‘sustainable’ and would sit sensitively on the site, but the measures expressed in the application were not accepted by the council.
The council took the view that the proposals were not sustainable and would harm the nature conservation interests of the local wildlife site and proposed local nature reserve. Thankfully, the appeal inspector took a different view and her concluding statement, reproduced below, shows that we had it right all along.
‘To conclude on the first issue, loss of the local wildlife site in quantitive terms would be offset by qualitative gains to the extent of not causing direct or indirect harm to the nature conservation interests of the local wildlife site, the proposed local nature reserve or the ancient woodland. Furthermore, protection, enhancement and management would be achieved by measures introduced as part of the proposed scheme. I find that the proposal would amount to sustainable development and would be compliant with the development plan.’
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