Tetlow King Planning (TKP) has assisted Knightstone Housing Association in securing planning approval for 34 affordable housing dwellings at Weston-super-Mare.
The proposed development is located on a vacant infill site adjacent to existing residential development in the suburb of St Georges. TKP first became involved in August 2011; with instructions to help resolve various objections raised by various consultees, most especially a petition from 157 local residents concerned about the effect of the proposed development on car parking in the locality, especially in the context of existing problems generated by the nearby Magistrates Courthouse.
TKP’s initial input was to advise Knightstone to make minor changes to the application including a modest increase in the number of the parking spaces. Along with these changes, TKP then wrote to the case officer outlining why the application should be recommended for planning approval.
TKP was successful in persuading the planning officer to make a positive recommendation for approval. Despite strong housing officer support, members of the South Area Committee initially resolved to refuse the application – it would appear largely due to the public opposition but unsupported by substantive planning reasons.
The procedural referral of the Area Committee’s resolution up to the higher level Planning and Regulatory Committee provided TKP the further opportunity to explain to Members how the proposal entirely accorded with the Development Plan and was a sensible response to meeting the area’s housing needs.
Elizabeth Boyd, Associate Director at TKP highlighted the overriding material planning benefits of the proposed scheme to the local community and to North Somerset Council in her presentation to the Planning and Regulatory Committee of 21 September. This proved very effective. Members resolved unanimously to approve the application subject to agreement over the detailed wording of the Section 106 Undertaking.
The discussions on the Section 106 Undertaking are now almost complete and the issue of formal planning permission is imminent.