Newent Road, Highnam

Client

M7 Planning Ltd

Size

Up to 95 dwellings and 3ha of commercial space.

Sectors

Residential

Council

Tewkesbury Borough Council

Key Project Information

Permission was granted at appeal for up to 95 dwellings and up to 3ha of commercial space.
Our heritage and economics areas of expertise represented the appellant at the appeal on heritage and educational need matters.

The Story

Pegasus Group prepared a Heritage Desk-Based Assessment in support of a planning application for up to 95 dwellings and up to 3ha of commercial space.

The Council resolved to permit the commercial space, but to refuse the residential development contrary to officer recommendation.

Following this resolution, the application was appealed on the grounds of non-determination.
Pegasus Group were instructed to represent the appellant at the appeal on heritage and educational matters and presented evidence to address these issues.

The Inspector agreed with both parties that the proposals would give rise to less than substantial harm which would be outweighed by the public benefits and found that the agreed contribution towards educational infrastructure was payable.

In light of these and other more substantive matters, the Inspector allowed the appeal in December 2023.

The need for contributions towards education

The County Council requested contributions totaling £859k towards educational infrastructure.

Pegasus Group responded identifying that the requested contribution had been miscalculated, and that it did not accord with the updated guidance of the DfE, such that contributions totaling £240k could be justified.

Prior to the exchange of evidence the Council approached Pegasus Group and both parties agreed to a contribution of £400k on a without prejudice basis such that this issue did not need to be determined by the Inspector.

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