Pegasus Group were instructed to provide planning advice and project management for a development of 68 new homes and associated facilities on a predominantly greenfield site within a village in Oxfordshire, where the Council does not possess a 5 Year Housing Supply, and a Neighbourhood Plan resists development at the application site.
Pegasus Group’s Bracknell office provided initial planning advice on planning strategy which progressed to preparation, submission and project management of a full application for planning permission, which included public consultation. During the application a number of positive amendments were made in response to local feedback, and Council planning officers recommended the application for approval at committee. However, despite Officer’s recommendation for approval, the application was refused by committee following significant pressure from local action groups and the Neighbourhood Plan Group.
Following the refusal, Pegasus Group prepared and submitted an appeal which led the council to withdraw one of its reasons for refusal at the early stages of the appeal. Alongside the appeal, representations were made to the emerging Neighbourhood Plan which resisted the appeal site, pointing out significant deficiencies in its methodology and site allocation process.
The Inspector concluded that the appeal site’s conflict with the emerging Neighbourhood Plan could be given little weight due to the number of outstanding objections we had raised. He also agreed that with the appellants case that the proposal would have significant benefits for the village, and did not agree with the harm identified by the reasons for refusal. Full planning permission has since been granted and Pegasus Group have now been instructed to prepare a subsequent application for a further phase of development of circa 100 dwellings at an adjoining site following engagement with the Neighbourhood Plan Group.