Robinson & Hall have secured outline planning permission for two dwellings on the edge of Greenfield in Central Bedfordshire, despite the site lying outside of the settlement boundary. This recent permission adds to our long list of successes in turning often speculative development opportunities into residential land of value.
Central Bedfordshire Council are currently unable to demonstrate an adequate and up-to-date supply of housing land. This presents opportunities to promote land that may not necessarily be in accordance with the housing policies of the local plan but is sustainable in all other respects.
The delivery of the site was also previously hindered by both access and landscape issues. The latter point saw an appeal on the site dismissed by an inspector in 2005 on the grounds that it would have a harmful effect on the character and appearance of the rural area and street scene. It was necessary to prepare a robust suite of supporting technical evidence in support of the most recent application, including highways and landscape reports, to overcome what were formerly considered to be contentious issues.
Demonstrating the sustainability of a site is every bit as important as demonstrating the lack of housing land to ensure the success of applications that may lie outside the settlement boundary – two issues that we were pleased to be able to firmly address successfully as part of the planning application.
If you would like to discuss the housing land position in your local authority area or indeed revisit any proposal that may previously have been refused planning permission then Robinson & Hall’s expert planning team would be delighted to assist.
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