December 2017

Welwyn & Hatfield Local Plan – Green Belt Review

The Inspector for Welwyn & Hatfield Local Plan has issued a note on the Green Belt Review which outlines additional work that the Council should undertake in order to expand on the findings of the Green Belt Review.

The initial concerns raised by the Inspector found the development strategy put forward to be unsound, in part, due to the insufficient justification for the failure to identify sufficient developable sites within the Green Belt.

The Inspector has suggested the following:

  • The need to provide a clear ranking of considerations with respect to the different Green Belt purposes and suitability of land for development in National Policy;
  • The analysis of larger potential development sites collectively rather than individually;
  • Build on the existing Green Belt purposes assessments by extending the sites considered to all those abutting urban areas and potentially sites beyond these If the analysis suggests sites abutting the urban area could be developed;
  • In circumstances where the objectively assessed housing need (OAHN )is unlikely to be met, there would need to be further analysis of the areas of open countryside within the Borough;

The Inspector refers to Roland Bolton of SPRU and his reference to the need to set out the exceptional circumstances that justify the release of sites from the Green Belt because the overall circumstances will not be the same for each site.

dlpWelwyn & Hatfield Local Plan – Green Belt Review
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Permission granted for land outside of Central Beds settlement envelope

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) have successfully secured full planning permission for the demolition of a stable block and erection of two new detached dwellings outside of the settlement envelope of Lower Stondon in Central Bedfordshire.

The site comprises an existing stable block and area of the garden, bound by existing development on two sides, to the east of the large village of Lower Stondon. A strong case was put forward demonstrating the land’s status as a logical infill site and further arguing that its development would not result in further intrusion or erosion of the open countryside.

Working in collaboration with BE1 Architects, a high-quality scheme for two five-bedroom dwellings was produced, making an efficient and imaginative use of the site, whilst protecting the amenity of neighboring residences and the countryside edge.

The application was approved under delegated powers.

Lower Stondon

John HelyarPermission granted for land outside of Central Beds settlement envelope
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Planning permission secured for a 3 storey block of modular classrooms for the University of Sheffield

We are pleased to have secured permission, for a 3 storey block of modular classrooms for the University of Sheffield. Permission for the Modular Village was due to expire from its original 5 year temporary permission and an extended period of time for use had to be negotiated with the Local Planning Authority.

The proposals sought to establish a further 5 years of use to allow the teaching function for the Engineering departments to continue until a more permanent solution is in place as part of wider Faculty investment in projects such as the St George’s Heartspace and Royce Discovery Centre which DLP Planning Ltd are also working on. The Modular Village was installed to provide the temporary decant/growth space required to facilitate the Faculty of Engineering’s Estates Development Framework (EEDF). The timeframe for delivering the various projects that make up the framework has been extended due to a complex set of circumstances including planning decisions, construction management and investment programmes.

Whilst allocated in the UDP as a business area, the site around the Modular Village has transformed substantially and is now widely established as part of the University. DLP Planning Ltd. put forward the case that the retention of the modular village assisted in delivering the educational aspirations of the University of Sheffield and support their ongoing investment within the city and successfully obtained permission.

 

dlpPlanning permission secured for a 3 storey block of modular classrooms for the University of Sheffield
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Full Planning Permission Secured For New Dwelling Within The Curtilage Of A Listed Building In South Gloucestershire

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) are delighted to have obtained full planning permission for 1 new dwelling within the curtilage of a listed building in the South Gloucestershire countryside. The site forms part of the residential curtilage of the Grade II listed Talbot’s End House in Cromhall and is located outside of the defined settlement boundary.

South Gloucestershire Council is currently unable to demonstrate a five year housing land supply. In this situation applications should be considered in the context of the presumption in favour of sustainable development and permission should be granted unless any adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits

Working with James Slater & Co on behalf of a private client, DLP were able to successfully demonstrate that the site was indeed in a sustainable location due to the close proximity of the village of Cromhall and its associated facilities.

The Listed Building Officer concluded that although the new dwelling would have an impact on the existing setting of the listed building, it was not considered to be harmful and so the setting of the heritage asset would be preserved. The Case Officer commended the design of the dwelling, describing it as “an attractive composition of traditional forms executed with a modern influence.”

The application received no objections and was approved by the Council on the 13th December.

Image courtesy of James Slater & Co

 

dlpFull Planning Permission Secured For New Dwelling Within The Curtilage Of A Listed Building In South Gloucestershire
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SPRU attendance at South East Lincolnshire Local Plan Examination

Alex Roberts of SPRU attended Week 3 of the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan Examination which re-started on 28th November. The Hearings began by revisiting housing need and requirement matters as well as housing supply.

During the sessions, the Inspector has requested both Council’s (Boston and South Holland) increase their housing requirements by at least 5% above that in the submitted plan, to improve the supply of affordable housing. Further evidence is also required by both Council’s to support their windfall allowance and their approach to dealing with unmet housing need since 2011.

Wednesday’s session explored flood risk in more detail and Thursday saw the examination of the Council’s spatial strategy.

dlpSPRU attendance at South East Lincolnshire Local Plan Examination
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Consultation advice to clients for housing in Aylesbury Vale

The Strategic Planning and Research Unit (SPRU) of DLP are currently advising clients on the appropriate objectively assessed need (OAN) for housing for Aylesbury Vale as part of the consultation on the submission version of the Local Plan.

SPRU highlighted a number of issues which make the assessment of housing need unsound, including the use of a 10-year migration trend to reduce levels of housing need, which is contrary to the LPEG recommendations and the DCLG approach that has been subject to consultation this year.

dlpConsultation advice to clients for housing in Aylesbury Vale
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Evidence presented at Milton Keynes Public Inquiries

The Strategic Planning and Research Unit (SPRU) of DLP have presented evidence at two Public Inquiries in Milton Keynes for residential development on the five year housing land supply position.

Roland Bolton presented evidence on the inappropriateness of the Liverpool Method to calculate housing land supply as it was at variance with the National Planning Practice Guidance notes. His research highlighted that the application of a 10% lapse rate for just some of the sites in the current five year supply period was an insufficient response to the Council’s long established over optimistic forecasts for housing delivery. The appeals have yet to be determined.

dlpEvidence presented at Milton Keynes Public Inquiries
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Outline permission secured for residential development for office site at Canal Wharf, Chesterfield.

DLP Planning have secured outline permission for residential development on behalf of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce for their former office site at Canal Wharf, Chesterfield.

Working with WMA Architects and Wilkins Hammond to secure the retention of Thornfield House as part of the development, members of the Planning Committee voted unanimously to approve the proposals subject to the completion of a legal agreement which has subsequently been agreed. This will enable the Chamber to secure a capital receipt for reinvestment in the region and support growth for the business community.

dlpOutline permission secured for residential development for office site at Canal Wharf, Chesterfield.
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