5th February 2014
Caulmert’s planners have appealed successfully against the refusal of planning permission for a residential development of 71 dwellings on agricultural land. Planning permission had been refused by the Local Planning Authority on the grounds that the proposed development would have an adverse effect upon the character and appearance of the surrounding area. We were able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Inspector that “the proposed development would not amount to overdevelopment of the site, would provide adequate levels of amenity, would be of a layout, scale and design that would not be out of place in its surroundings and would be generally in accord with relevant development plan policy”. In addition, we demonstrated that the Local Planning Authority did not have a five year supply of housing land and this added further weight to the Inspector’s decision to allow the appeal.