JB Planning Associates have secured full permission to redevelop a derelict garden centre within a Conservation Village with 15 new homes including a replacement post office and village shop. The site comprises 0.7 hectare of previously developed land within a village washed over by the Green Belt.
The site was purchased by the Client in 2008 for redevelopment and leased back to the garden centre operator for 10 years. During this period, JB Planning Associates submitted representations to the local planning authority seeking inclusion of the site within the settlement boundary and its allocation for residential development.
A planning application for 17 dwellings and replacement shop was submitted in 2018. This application was refused contrary to the advice of the planning officer on the grounds of development density and height of the shop premises.
Following detailed discussions with local residents and the Parish Council, a revised proposal for 15 dwellings and the new village shop overcame many local objections. In particular, additional parking spaces were provided across the whole scheme for both the new houses and the shop, well in excess of the Council’s adopted parking standards.
The scheme was informed by long established supplementary design guidance. The proposal is a successful example of a developer, local residents, the Parish Council and Ward Councillors working together to produce an attractive re-development within a Conservation Village.< back