De Pol were appointed by a private client to progress a scheme for an eco-pod development in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Ribble Valley. The scheme proposed five new underground pods to be used for short-let holiday accommodation alongside a range of environmental improvements including new woodland planting and installation of a sustainable drainage system.
The client approached the team at De Pol having received a negative pre-application response submitted by a third party. Our planners assisted the client and the team to revise the scheme and led further pre-application discussions with Council Officers at Ribble Valley Council, resulting in a more favourable pre-app response.
One of our key roles was to review reports from relevant consultants and prepare the application for submission. In preparing the planning statement, the team researched and effectively handled a number of potentially contentious planning issues involving consideration of sustainable development, landscape impacts in protected areas and economic/employment benefits to the AONB which will arise from the proposals.