Appeal success likely to trigger wave of other applications

Bidwells has been successful in advising a private landowner on a planning application and subsequent appeal achieving planning permission for 35 dwellings in Duxford.

In summer 2014 the Planning Inspectorate published an Appeal Decision concluding that South Cambridgeshire District Council could only demonstrate a 3.5 years housing land supply. Bidwells were quick to react to explore the potential for an application to be submitted on our client’s greenfield, unallocated site which comprised a sustainable development scheme.

An outline planning application was submitted in early 2015 for the development of up to 35 dwellings. Officers concluded with Bidwells that the Council could not demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply and that a presumption in favour of sustainable development in accordance with NPPF para.14 should be applied, recommending approval of the application however Planning Committee Members did not accept their Officer’s recommendation. Bidwells subsequently guided the landowner through the appeal process resulting in the appeal recently being allowed.

This decision is the first planning permission to be approved on an unallocated greenfield site since the Appeal Decision of 2014. Whilst every application is determined on its own merit, it now sets a fresh precedent for other landowners and developers to apply for planning permission on unallocated land outside of framework boundaries in the district.

This project is testament to Bidwells’ locational knowledge, integrity to quickly act upon opportunities, and ability to provide expertise advice on the planning process.

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