Two FPCR schemes have gained planning consent this week, following successful planning inquiries.
The Jelson site at Hoby Road, Asfordby received consent for 70 dwellings following a complex planning journey, post appeal. This involved the referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan, recovery of the decision making by the Secretary of State, quashing of the Neighbourhood Plan by the High Court, and subsequent de-recovery and transfer back to the Planning Inspector for decision making. The inspector concluded the site had little intrinsic landscape merit, other than being undeveloped. He considered that the development would appear as a logical continuation of existing built development, abutting the natural boundary of the flood plain.
At Stotfold in Central Bedfordshire, consent was also granted for up to 100 new homes for Gladman Developments. The inspector concluded that the development would be viewed as a continuation of the settlement of Stotfold, and that there would be no significant harm to the character and appearance of the area once planting has matured.
FPCR provided masterplanning, landscape, ecology and arboriculture advice on these schemes. Gary Holliday gave landscape and visual evidence at both appeals.
The decisions can be read in full here…