Acting on behalf of Hampshire based developer Drew Smith Group, DPDS have secured outline planning permission on appeal for residential development (up to 78 homes).

Planning permission was initially refused for reasons relating to landscape impact along with adverse impacts arising from noise, dust and fumes emanating from nearby commercial uses.  Furthermore following the submission of the appeal, the Council’s statement of case also sited conflict with its emerging development plan and a lack of need for the development as it could demonstrate an adequate housing land supply.

In the lead up to the Public Inquiry, DPDS and the client team were able to resolve refusal reasons relating to landscape along with noise dust and fumes impacts.  Following exchange of evidence and the emergence of “preliminary conclusions” from the Inspector considering the emerging plan, the Council withdrew all remaining objection and conceded that the development was indeed sustainable.

This appeal continues to highlight the importance of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and its powerful “presumption in favour of sustainable development”.

Christopher Lindley of DPDS appeared at the Public Inquiry for Drew Smith Group along with leading barrister Jeremy Cahill QC of No5 Chambers.

The full Appeal decision can be read here