Promoting a strategic site in sensitive countryside always raises challenges, but this site required a more dynamic approach than most.
The local authority was facing a higher level of housing growth than it wanted to accept. The initial promotion was for 200 homes. After discussions on a concept for the site with the parish council and further investigations with planning officers and councillors, the strategy first evolved to include a two-form entry primary school and then again to include another 320 homes.
Working for an agent representing several landowners, we took on the local plan promotion and planning application processes in parallel to ensure timely delivery. Building a strong relationship with planning officers and local politicians was key to securing an allocation and consent.
Our involvement ranged from giving expert witness at the planning committee, defending the allocation at the local plan Examination in Public and negotiating S106 requirements on infrastructure delivery. We were retained for the reserved matters process and discharging conditions, enabling us to take the project from start to finish.