Pegasus Group successfully secured planning permission for an outline application for a final phase of up to 50 houses at a prominent gateway site in Dunstable on behalf of client’s Julian Hodge Bank, having previously secured outline consent for hotel, care home, offices and up to 64 houses across the wider site.
The site comprised of the former British Tyre and Rubber (BTR) plant which is designated for employment purposes in the Adopted South Bedfordshire Local Plan, and sited on the edge of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Pegasus Group was able to successfully negotiate the acceptability of uses outside of those allocated for the site on the basis that the site no longer represented a suitable or viable location for wholly office, industrial or warehouse development.
Pegasus Group also provided master planning services for each of the outline applications and helped to establish clear parameters for the future development of the site.
In addition to overcoming Local Plan policy hurdles, Pegasus Group was also able to negotiate significantly reduced Section 106 contributions, including 10% affordable on the grounds of viability. Included as part of the S.106 was a favourable mechanism for triggering payments and affordable housing provision linked to the change in value of the housing land from the date the application was submitted. This means that a developer would only be expected to pay a small base contribution, with contributions and additional affordable housing only required if market values improved by certain percentages at the point at which Reserved Matters for the housing is submitted.
Pegasus Group was also involved in securing Reserved Matters approval for a Holiday Inn Express hotel on site, which has now been constructed and provides a high profile building on entry to Dunstable along the A5 London Road.