JB Planning Associates have successfully secured outline planning permission on appeal for a development of up to 700 new residential dwellings on land west of Barton Hill Drive, Minster-on-Sea.
The planning application was refused, against Officer’s recommendation, by Swale Borough Council’s Planning Committee in July 2019. An appeal was subsequently made, and was amongst the first to follow the new inquiry procedures established in response to the findings of the Rosewell Review taking 21 weeks from lodging the appeal to the decision.
In preparing for the Inquiry, which was held between 4 – 7 February 2020, two of the four reasons for refusal were withdrawn by the Council following the exchange of evidence. The focus of the Inquiry was on landscape, heritage and planning balance, with John Boyd handling the planning evidence as expert witness assisted by James Delafield assisting with coordinating the appeal and wider project team.
In allowing the appeal, the Inspector found whilst there was some conflict with development plan policies, this conflict should be given limited weight. Greater weight was given to the benefits of the proposal including the provision of up to 700 much needed new homes, the provision of a local centre and additional health service facilities, a contribution to help secure the delivery of a primary school, local road improvements and significant weight was afforded to achieving a biodiversity net gain. The Inspector concluded that the adverse impacts of the proposed development would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh its benefits and, therefore, the presumption in favour of sustainable development weighs in favour of the proposal.
A partial award of costs was also secured on highways and viability. The appeal decision can be found via this link.
Having worked on the planning application since 2017, as both planning consultant and urban designers, JB Planning Associates are delighted to have now secured planning permission for our Client.
For further information, please contact John Boyd or James Delafield.< back