February 2018

Central Bedfordshire Local Plan Consultation on Submission Draft

The Regulation 19 Central Bedfordshire Council Local Plan closed for comment prior to its submission to the Secretary of State on Thursday 22nd February.

DLP Planning Ltd submitted representations on behalf of a number of clients and made formal objections to the Plan based upon the failure of the Council to properly undertake the Duty to Cooperate and in particular on the assessment of housing requirements, which has been a concern for a number of years, and the broader strategy adopted by the Council which fails to provide for a sustainable, infrastructure led Plan as sought by CBC

CBC proposes to release land sufficient to accommodate 39,350 dwellings, however in a critique of the OAN undertaken by DLP (SPRU), that figure is considered to give rise to a shortfall of over 10,000 dwellings.  The Council also propose to increase the allocation via a future review, however DLP have expressed serious concerns as to this approach, which fails to reflect the government advice as set out in the National Framework and PPG to properly meet the housing requirements of the District.

CBC’s own housing requirements are increased as a consequence of its proximity to Luton and the obligation placed on it as a result to accommodate part of Luton’s unmet housing need.  This has long been an issue for Central Bedfordshire and two earlier Local Plans have not proceeded as a consequence of this. There are concerns as to the extent CBC have undertaken this and also how it is intended to occur.

DLP promoted a number of development opportunities which have been excluded from the consultation draft Plan.  In particular, the concept of major development at Barton le Clay to the north of Luton.  Barton lies adjacent to the A6, which is a main strategic transport route which links Luton with Bedford in the north and is a main route way for public transport.  DLP have been promoting development at Barton le Clay as part of a strategic sustainable urban expansion for some years and a range of schemes have been advanced, including development of a new garden village of up to 4000 units which would fund the extension of the dualling of the A6 to the north of Barton le Clay through to Silsoe and thus increase capacity

DLP also submitted representations for sustainable extensions to Dunstable and Flitwick as well as a number of smaller sites.

dlpCentral Bedfordshire Local Plan Consultation on Submission Draft
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Appeal Against Planning Application for Extension of Storage Area – Crossweir Farm Farmyard, Souldrop

DLP Planning Ltd together with Matrix Transport & Infrastructure Planning Consultants are appealing a decision with Bedford Borough Council to refuse planning permission, contrary to Officers advice, for the creation of additional storage on land currently used for open storage at Crossweir Farm, Souldrop.

DLP have acted on behalf of the owner of the site for over 15 years and in that time has established planning permissions for in excess of 40,000ft2 of storage on the land together with open storage.

The appeal proposal will replace an area of open storage used for storing up to 125 caravans, vans and other vehicles, with three built storage units, purpose designed for the site.

There were no technical or third party objections, and the refusal was led by an interjection from the Ward Councillor who disagreed with both the appellants transport assessment and the analysis of that by Officers.

dlpAppeal Against Planning Application for Extension of Storage Area – Crossweir Farm Farmyard, Souldrop
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Green Belt Development Aspley Guise

DLP Planning Ltd have lodged an appeal against the refusal of Central Bedfordshire Council to grant planning permission for the erection of 3 large dwellings on land adjoining within the village of Aspley Guise.  The application followed the grant of consent in 2016 for the erection of two 11,000sqft dwellings on the same land.  An earlier application for the development had been refused on green belt grounds, however, following further discussion with Officers over what DLP considered was a misinterpretation of guidance, a second application was subsequently approved under delegated powers.

The appeal scheme was for 3 dwellings and provides for 3 smaller detached dwellings (7000ft2) on the same site with a lesser total floor space than that approved.  The refusal however was based on impacts on the green belt and DLP in their case will be highlighting the inconsistency in the approach of the Council to this matter.

The appeal is proposed to be heard by way of an Informal Hearing which will take place later in the year.

dlpGreen Belt Development Aspley Guise
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Green Belt Development Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire

DLP Planning Ltd are appearing at a Hearing into an appeal brought by Templeview Developments against Broxbourne Borough Council over its refusal of the development of land at St James Road, Goffs Oak. The appeal site comprises a former horticultural nursery but has been used for residential purposes in excess of 20 years.

An application for residential development of the land was made in June 2016 and this was refused solely on green belt grounds.  DLP, in the application, argued that the site, which lies within a readily defined residential context and comprises previously developed land, accords with the proper interpretation of paragraph 89 of the Framework.

Subsequent to the refusal and following the lodging of the appeal, Broxbourne Council invited a second application based upon its proposed release of the land from the green belt.  Whilst a second application was made, the release of the land was later changed by the Council in favour of other land within the area.

DLP will also be arguing, as they have done successfully elsewhere,  that the ruling of the Court of Appeal in the case of Wood v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] EWCA Civ 195, supports their interpretation, and that similar schemes have been allowed, both within the District and elsewhere on this basis.

dlpGreen Belt Development Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire
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Planning permission granted for new apartments next to Heathrow Airport

DLP Planning Ltd (DLP) have successfully secured full planning permission for a development of nine new 1 and 2 bedroom apartments at a building next to Heathrow Airport on behalf of our client.  The approved development is for a two storey upwards extension to the roof of an existing office building that has a separate permission to be converted to 24 apartments, and so in total the scheme will deliver 33 much needed high quality dwellings.  The extension takes advantage of the building’s ‘airspace’ and so is an example of the type of development the Government has recently announced their support for.

The site is located within the London Borough of Hillingdon and in November 2017 they enacted an Article 4 Direction to restrict the conversion of office buildings into residential.  DLP successfully argued that this restriction did not apply to this building and so that both the consented conversion scheme and associated new development could take place, and also that the design of the scheme was appropriate and would not be harmful to the character of the area or neighbouring properties.

DLP led the project team and worked in collaboration with a number of consultants to achieve this result, including Matrix Transport and Infrastructure Consultants Ltd and Energy-Evaluation Services Ltd, who provided advice on transport and daylight/sunlight issues respectively, two maters that were critical to the success of the planning application.”

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John HelyarPlanning permission granted for new apartments next to Heathrow Airport
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