Pegasus Group was appointed to provide planning services relating to the redevelopment of SmallAcre Farm in Winkfield, a site within the Metropolitan Green Belt. The site consisted of a number of redundant and depilated buildings without lawful storage use. Pegasus Group was working directly for the owner of a local business who design and construct exhibition stands, who wished to use the site for storage use (B8).
The planning application proposed two taller buildings to replace the five smaller buildings in order to accommodate the requirements of the business. A case therefore needed to be made that the new buildings would not have a materially greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the existing buildings.
Pegasus Group successfully argued that any impact on the openness of the Green Belt due to the height increase would be outweighed by the overall benefits of the scheme. These included a significant improvement to the sites appearance and reducing the spread of development across the site by consolidating the built form.
Following discussions with Officers, the proposal was granted planning permission in March 2019 and pre-commencement conditions were negotiated to allow the client to commence work on site within a week of receiving permission.