AONB Site Promotion and Planning Permission

May 20, 2005 12:00 pm Published by

Tetlow King Planning’s Bristol Office has successfully secured planning permission from Torbay Council on behalf of Millwood Homes (Devon) Ltd to redevelop the former Dolphin Holiday Camp in Brixham.

The proposals include 191 flats and houses including affordable housing, a local centre containing shop units, provision of nearly 9 hectares of open space, provision of equipped children’s play areas, bus stops, reinstatement of coastal landscape and grassland and its management for wildlife and informal recreation and financial contributions associated with a S106 Agreement.

The site was promoted for development throughout the Local Plan process. The Consultation Draft Torbay Local Plan originally allocated the site in 1999 for mainly tourist related development. Thanks to objections submitted by Tetlow King Planning, the housing yield was increased substantially.

This was a great example of the role and contribution of a town planner adding significant value to the development process. We coordinated the appointment of a consultant team to work up a robust and high quality development framework for the site which was praised by the Local Plan Inspector. We appeared at the Local Plan Inquiry having instructed leading counsel Clive Newberry QC. We coordinated the subsequent submission of the planning application including an Environmental Statement. We also considerably assisted the Council with the approved Development Brief for the site.

The site was owned by TJH Group. Millwood Homes have already commenced site clearance works including demolition and removal of the derelict chalet buildings on-site. The site will be developed sensitively as it is in the AONB next to the coast which is an SSSI and candidate SAC. Protected species habitats including the greater horseshoe bat and cirl bunting will be enhanced as a consequence of the development.