De Pol were approached by the landowners, who comprised a number of local residents, on the development potential of 3.4 hectares of agricultural land on the edge of rural village in Wyre. The land was designated as countryside in the adopted Local Plan, however, we were of the view that there were material considerations which would outweigh the conflict with countryside policy. This included the lack of a demonstrable five year housing supply, together with a range of benefits which the proposals could bring to the community.
We held pre-application discussions with Council officers and undertook a positive public consultation exercise, before submitting an outline planning application for up to 77 dwellings and a car park for the adjacent primary school. Planning permission was granted by the Council and together with other advisors we assisted the landowners in the promotion and disposal of the site to a developer.