DLP (Planning) Ltd, has secured a resolution to grant outline planning permission for up to 95 new dwellings and informal open space in Stotfold, Central Bedfordshire.
The Application Site lies to the north of the established settlement envelope of Stotfold. An application for residential development was previously refused on the site due to perceived impacts to landscape character and the loss of agricultural land, with the site located on the edge of the existing urban settlement.
DLP, working with CBC Officers demonstrated several material changes within the re-submission application including changes to the layout to address previous concerns; the ability of the site to create new informal open space and facilitate green infrastructure, biodiversity and landscape enhancements; and the provision of a new Multi-Use-Games-Area.
Despite Central Beds Council now claiming they can currently demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply, the committee accepted that the proposals would assist in safeguarding housing land supply and this – together with the new informal open space and biodiversity/landscaping/recreation enhancements – constituted substantial benefits that would not be significantly and demonstrably outweighed by any harm caused.