GL Hearn overturns Tiverton Housing decision

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21 March 2013

GL Hearn, has secured a planning consent on behalf of the Steppingstone Group, which will see the former Beeston Castle Hotel in Tiverton, Tarporley, redeveloped to provide 21 affordable family homes.

The two-acre site will be redeveloped to provide 21 two, three and four-bed homes on the A49 Whitchurch Road.

The application was recommended for refusal by officers on the basis of the site not being in a sustainable location with poor access to local services.

GL Hearn advised the Steppingstone Group. Paul Entwistle, Senior Planner at GL Hearn, said: “Despite the plans being for 21 dwellings on brownfield land, the application was met some opposition, with Officers viewing the plans as ‘unsustainable’ in National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) terms.

“The Committee Members were very supportive of our view of the scheme. We successfully argued at the committee meeting that Officers are incorrectly interpreting NPPF guidance on sustainability as a reason for refusing applications that should clearly now be granted consent. "This decision means that Steppingstone can get on with regenerating this brownfield site and providing more family homes in Cheshire West and Chester." GL Hearn also advised Steppingstone on affordable housing requirements on site, successfully negotiating down the affordable housing requirements from 40% (nine dwellings) to less than 10% (two dwellings – comprising one shared ownership and one affordable rented). Richard Heathcote, Land and Planning Director at GL Hearn, said: "Successfully reducing affordable housing requirements in these tough economic times can make or break a scheme. I would advise any developer to undertake a thorough viability appraisal of their scheme to see if there is justification for similar savings." A reserved matters application for the site is expected in the next few months.

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Despite the plans being for 21 dwellings on brownfield land, the application was met some opposition, with Officers viewing the plans as ‘unsustainable’ in National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) terms
Paul Entwistle
Senior Planner

GL Hearn

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