We were 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).
In advance of the Inquiry, 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.
As a result of our work, the appeal was allowed. Furthermore, planning permission for a second phase of development was secured, again following a Public Inquiry. The next stage for the development consists of an additional 51 new homes on land immediately adjacent to the original Site.