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On 28th May 2015, the appeal was allowed and a full award of costs was granted to Barratt Homes North Midlands. Barratt Homes are now proceeding with the submission of Reserved Matters with a view to a site start in early 2016.

Park Hall Road, Mansfield Woodhouse

Major Residential Development – Outline Application and Planning Appeal

We have been involved in the promotion of land adjoining Park Hall Farm on Park Hall Road in Mansfield Woodhouse since 2008 when the potential for residential development on the site was first registered with Mansfield District Council as part of their Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment.

Barratt Homes North Midlands subsequently secured an option interest on the landholding and commissioned us to prepare an outline planning application for up to 150 dwellings.

Prior to submission of the planning application to Mansfield District Council, we held a public consultation, inviting members of the community and stakeholders to view the pre-planning proposals and provide their comments.   In December 2013, after reviewing the feedback received, the planning application was submitted to Mansfield District Council.  Following the initial consultation, the proposed number of houses was subsequently reduced from 150 to 130 following expressed concerns about development impacting on the setting of the original Park Hall Farm outbuildings.

In June 2014, Mansfield District Council refused the application on the basis that the site lay outside the urban boundary and would detract from the quality of the Mature Landscape Area on the fringe of Mansfield Woodhouse.  The Council maintained that they could demonstrate a deliverable five year housing land supply based on their locally agreed housing requirement and, therefore, there was no need to develop this SHLAA site for housing.

We appealed the decision on behalf of Barratt Homes North Midlands and the case was heard over three days at a Public Inquiry held in March 2015, with the appellant team challenging the weight to be accorded to the 1999 adopted local plan policies, the robustness of the deliverable housing land supply and the weight to be placed on landscape objections in the context of establishing the planning balance.    Key elements of the evidence included the commissioning of an up-to-date assessment of Objectively Assessed Need from Pioneer Housing and Development Consultants and a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment from Influence to counter the Council’s out-of-date evidence base.

The Planning Inspector duly found in our favour, directing that the Council’s Development Plan housing supply policies were out of date, the Council’s untested figure for objectively assessed housing need was not robust and the Council could not demonstrate a deliverable 5 year housing land supply.   Furthermore, the Inspector considered that the moderate harm to the character and appearance of the surrounding area would not be sufficient to significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the provision of up to 130 dwellings, 20% of which would be affordable, to be delivered in a sustainable location.

On 28th May 2015, the appeal was allowed and a full award of costs was granted to Barratt Homes North Midlands.  Barratt Homes are now proceeding with the submission of Reserved Matters with a view to a site start in early 2016.

For further details on the Inspector’s decision in this matter, or to obtain advice on lodging a planning appeal following refusal of a planning application, please contact Mike Downes.

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