After initially securing outline and reserved matters approval for 100 dwellings on the edge of Wesham, followed by securing outline and reserved matters approval to extend this development by a further 164 houses, De Pol are now seeking outline approval for an additional 68 houses on separate adjacent farmland.
In 2013, and on behalf of the landowner, De Pol were able to secure outline planning permission on appeal for 100 houses on agricultural land to the north of Wesham. Despite having received a positive officer recommendation the Council’s Planning Committee refused the application on the grounds that it was contrary to the Local Plan. A well organised local action group also objected on highway, sustainability and other grounds. The application was particularly contentious as it was sited within the designated countryside, contained Best and Most versatile agricultural land and was adjacent to a designated Biological Heritage Site.
These matters were all considered at a five day appeal inquiry, where De Pol was the lead consultant and also provided expert evidence demonstrating that the Local Plan was out-of-date, that there was not a deliverable five year housing supply and that the proposals comprised sustainable development which ought to be granted permission under the terms of National planning policy.
The appeal Inspector overturned the Council’s decision and granted outline planning permission. When granting permission the Inspector also awarded full costs against the Council.
The land was subsequently sold to developer Rowland Homes and in July 2014 De Pol obtained reserved matters approval on their behalf. This development currently under construction.
Following this success De Pol were instructed by the original landowner to seek outline planning permission for the extension of the approved housing site onto agricultural land to the east. Despite Council officers recommending the approval of an additional 164 houses the Council’s Planning Committee refused permission. De Pol were appointed to appeal this decision but after submitting a Statement of Case ahead of a Public Inquiry, the Council reviewed its position and sought legal advice. As a result De Pol were invited to re-submit the outline application and this was subsequently granted permission by the Planning Committee, thereby avoiding the need to progress the appeal.
The extension site was also sold to Rowland Homes and in February 2016 De Pol secured reserved matters approval for the detailed scheme.
More recently De Pol have been appointed to submit a new outline planning application for an additional 68 houses on separate land located on the edge of these already approved sites. Again De Pol are the lead consultant and are managing the scheme from pre-application discussions with Council officers through to determination.