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Case Studies - Green Belt

Foxley Tagg are pleased to have secured Outline Planning Permission for the redevelopment of a former agricultural nursery to a mixed use scheme which includes 2 dwellings and business premises.

The site, whilst including an array of glass houses, is located in the Greenbelt and outside of the local settlement boundary. However and despite these obstacles the application demonstrated that the site was indeed sustainable and suitable for development.

The main issue at the heart of the planning case was the impact on the Greenbelt. Foxley Tagg’s submission demonstrated that the proposed buildings would cover less than half the footprint of the existing glass houses with the layout of the dwellings mirroring the pattern and grain of the surrounding area.

Given the location and a desire to maintain the openness of the site, the scheme included local highway improvements which were designed to enhance safety on a nearby lane.

Although Council Planning Officers recommended that the application should be refused, given the Greenbelt location, there was a groundswell of local support within the Parish Council from a local Ward Member and by a number of residents for the development.

The benefits for local people were that the proposal would enhance the entry to the village, provide housing for a local family and be visually sympathetic to the area.

The application was debated in depth by Members who voted to approve the scheme, subject to the imposition of conditions.
This project was testament to the policy of preparing a well-balanced scheme which responds to the setting thus benefitting from the provisions of localism.

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