Tetlow King Planning (TKP) are delighted to have been successful in a planning appeal for affordable dwellings for Bromsgrove and District Housing Trust (BDHT).
Bromsgrove Council’s planning committee had refused planning permission for a number of reasons. These related to the density of development (‘overdevelopment’) and the design of the dwellings, including the impact on listed buildings. The Council also cited insufficient car parking as a reason for refusal. The committee had refused planning permission despite its own officers recommending approval.
At appeal, TKP were able to demonstrate that Bromsgrove Council are not approving enough homes in the District and do not have the five-year supply of housing land required by the Government. TKP’s evidence was that there is an urgent need for affordable housing, particularly in Bromsgrove.
TKP showed that the design and density of the development flowed from an analysis of the surroundings and a need to improve the site’s current appearance. TKP provided clear evidence that the proposals would enhance the street scene and the setting of listed buildings.
Finally, with highway support from Hydrock including a parking beat survey, TKP were able to demonstrate that car parking spaces for visitors will be available less than two minutes’ walk from the site.
In determining the appeal, the Inspector found that the scale and density was appropriate to the local context and would ‘make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the area and the street-scene’. The listed buildings’ settings would be preserved, he decided.
In respect of car parking, the Inspector judged that ‘there would be a negligible impact from additional parking on the highway’ with ‘no significant harm identified to highway safety’.
The Inspector also considered that the Council had not justified a public open space financial contribution it has sought and ruled that this should not be required.
The Inspector went on to allow the appeal, referring to the ‘substantial benefits’ of the proposals.
TKP were assisted by Oakleigh Architects Limited, Hydrock (Transportation) and Shoosmiths (legal), as well as of course BDHT.