Housing Land Supply Appeal Castlethorpe Road, HANSLOPE

Bidwells was appointed by a private landowner client to prepare a Planning Statement as part of an application for up to 51 dwellings on a greenfield site in the rural village of Hanslope, Milton Keynes.

After the application was refused, despite the acknowledged lack of a deliverable five-year land supply in Milton Keynes, Bidwells was appointed to prepare and submit an appeal to the Secretary of State. Originally to be written representation only, the appeal was elevated to a hearing when the council changed their position on land supply on adoption of the replacement Local Plan.


What we did


  • Prepared the Planning and Design and Access Statements which formed part of the initial applications

  • Advised on the indicative layout and mix of development to be proposed

  • Reviewed the planning decision and advised on an appeal strategy

  • Advised on the preparation of a Unilateral Undertaking to secure affordable housing and financial contributions to local infrastructure

  • Prepared the applicant’s Statement of Case and coordinated the inputs from the technical team

  • Responded to the changing policy framework and land supply position, preparing additional supporting information on land supply to challenge the council’s position, as well as rebutting the council’s planning arguments

  • Appeared at the four-day hearing giving evidence on both planning and land supply matters

  • Bidwells’ Socioeconomic team was subsequently instructed to appear at the hearing and give evidence in support of the client’s case

  • Responded to post hearing correspondence, including overcoming an untimely dismissed appeal in the same village which could have the potential to harm our case


  • Permission was granted for up to 51 dwellings

  • Inspector concluded a deliverable land supply of 4.4 years - two years less than the case presented by the council

Castlethorpe Road Hanslope Case Study Planning 3 


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