Outline planning permission for 45 new homes has been secured on appeal in a landmark decision that confirms Brighton & Hove City Council does not have a demonstrable five year housing land supply.
Pegasus Group successfully secured the outline permission, with appearance reserved, for development at Ovingdean, Brighton, on behalf of Lightwood Strategic Ltd. The site is located on the edge of the South Downs National Park, within the urban fringe of Brighton & Hove City Council.
The Meadow Vale development proposed is for the construction of 45 one, two, three, four and five bedroom homes with associated garages, parking, estate roads, footways, pedestrian linkages and public open space along with new vehicular access from Ovingdean Road and junction improvements.
In 2017 the council refused the application for development, despite officers recommending it for approval, and an appeal was made.
A Public Inquiry was held in April 2018, prior to which the council notified its intention not to defend the appeal. But a local campaign group, defending the refusal, was designated a ‘Rule 6 Party’ and provided expert witnesses on ecology and landscape.
Pegasus Group prepared and submitted the application and appeal, providing expert witnesses on planning, five-year housing land supply, landscape and heritage. The firm worked collaboratively with expert witnesses from Aspect Ecology and Air Quality Consultants, alongside Christopher Boyle QC as the appointed advocate.
In her report, Planning Inspector Lesley Coffey said: “Having regard to the limited harm to biodiversity and ecology, and the considerable benefits of additional housing within an area where the supply of housing land is constrained, I find that the benefits of the proposal outweigh the limited harm.
“I therefore conclude that the proposal would comply with the development plan considered as a whole and overall I conclude that the council is unable to demonstrate a five year supply of housing”.
Jonathan Coombs, from Pegasus Group’s Bristol office, said: “The appeal decision confirms for the first time that Brighton & Hove City Council do not have a demonstrable five year housing land supply and acts as a landmark decision within the authority. It will help to facilitate development to address the extensive housing need within the city.”
James Atkin from Pegasus Group’s Birmingham office acted as expert witness on landscape, Hannah Armstrong from the Bristol office provided written evidence on heritage, while Daniel Weaver from the Bristol office gave evidence in chief and evidence on five year housing land supply evidence.
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