Outline planning permission secured for 10 custom build homes in Stratford-on-Avon district

April 27, 2023 5:08 pm Published by

Tetlow King are delighted to have secured outline planning permission for 10 serviced plots for custom-build dwellings at Wellesbourne in Stratford-on-Avon for our clients Lone Star Group.














The application began back in January 2022 as a development of 14 Custom Build Homes which aligned with the direction of travel of the emerging Site Allocations Plan at that time. Throughout the determination of the application a series of amendments were made to the scheme to address comments received from statutory consultees including policy, highways and ecology with the application ultimately being presented to committee with neither an in-principal policy objection nor any outstanding technical objections.

The proposals were reduced to 10 dwellings to reduce landscape impacts, and provide a greater level of green infrastructure on-site. The scheme also makes provision for an 11.8% biodiversity net gain on-site and will deliver a children’s play area and new orchard on-site. The reduced number of dwellings also aligned with the changes that the Council’s Task and Finish Group had proposed to the emerging Site Allocations Plan during determination.

Tetlow King did not challenge the councils five year housing land supply but made the case that the statutory duty to meet self-build register demand was a different test that must be applied, and it was one that at present the Council was falling short on. We argued that the Council had a shortfall in delivery of serviced plots against its statutory duty to meet register demand sufficient to override the technical conflict with the Core Strategy and Neighbourhood Plan and that although the Council had an emerging policy to address self and custom build the adopted Development Plan did not contain any policies for doing so.

The Officers Committee Report gave ‘significant weight’ to serviced plot provision in the face of statutory duty shortfall and considered that on balance the principle of development was therefore acceptable.

Credit and thanks go to our Case Officer, Joseph Brooke, for his professionalism and diligence throughout the application and its successful passage through committee.