Tetlow King Planning (TKP) are very pleased to have assisted in the appeal success for up to 460 dwellings (including 184 affordable dwellings) on the edge of Ashchurch, Tewkesbury, on behalf of Robert Hitchins Limited.
James Stacey, Senior Director, provided expert evidence on the need for affordable housing on a local and borough wide basis at the public inquiry held in February 2022.
In accordance with local plan policy, 40% of the proposed houses were to be secured as affordable housing with a range of proposed tenures. The Inspector noted that the Council accepted that “there would be benefits arising from the proposed development and these include the delivery of both market and affordable housing in an area where there is a known need for both.” Alongside a number of other tangible benefits, in drawing together their conclusions, the Inspector awarded the benefits of the scheme ‘very significant weight’.
Counsel for the appellant was Paul Tucker QC and Philip Robson of Kings Chambers and expert evidence was also provided by Pegasus Group (Planning and Housing Land Supply), PFA Consulting (Highways), and MHP Design Ltd (Landscape).