Housing Development Approved at Bishopton Village, Darlington
Darlington Borough Council like many other local authorities cannot presently demonstrate a 5-year supply of deliverable housing sites, as required by the planning regulations. Every cloud has a silver lining, however. In such instances when the location and nature of the proposed development is accepted as being sustainable then local planning authorities should grant planning permission provided that other material planning issues have been satisfactorily addressed.
That was the scenario we found ourselves in when a client approached us asking for advice and guidance. With the assistance of SJD Architects we prepared an outline planning permission for a development of up to 9 houses on a brownfield site outside but immediately adjacent to the development limits of Bishopton and close to the village conservation. We led on the pre-application public consultation with local residents and the Parish Council and prepared the supporting Planning Statement. Other technical reports as required were obtained and the planning application was duly submitted.Planning officers accepted the arguments that we put forward as to why the development should be allowed and at the Planning Committee meeting of May 2017 recommended that permission be granted, subject to the completion of a Section 106 legal agreement. Our Director, Rod Hepplewhite, attended the meeting and spoke in support of the application and answered question raised by some Councillors. After a brief discussion, the Committee resolved to accept the officer recommendation.
Our client also attended the Planning Committee meeting and was naturally very pleased with the outcome. We have provided him with further advice as regards instructing a suitably qualified Solicitor to prepare the S106 Agreement.
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