We were initially appointed to secure outline planning permission for the development of 46 new homes on an unallocated greenfield site adjacent to the village of Crawley Down. The application was refused by the Council, primarily on the grounds of its impact upon the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
Following the successful outcome of this project at appeal, we were appointed to secure outline planning permission for 51 dwellings and then 60 dwellings on two different sites on the edge of the village.
In advance of the Inquiry for the first scheme we engaged with the Council, Natural England and County Council to agree a package of mitigation measures which focused upon increasing the recreational capacity of the local footpath network. By the time of the Inquiry, it was common ground with all relevant parties that the scheme would no longer adversely impact upon Ashdown Forest SPA and SAC.
After securing approval for the 60 dwelling scheme at the local level, it was called-in by the Secretary of State. In defending the scheme, our case focused upon demonstrating that it only resulted in a technical conflict of a recently ‘made’ neighbourhood plan and that no harm arose as a result.
As a result of our work, all three appeals which importantly involved development on unallocated greenfield sites, were allowed.