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Case Studies - Settlement boundary

The Old Pike House is a detached, two storey dwelling located in rural Worcestershire.

The existing dwelling has an extensive rear garden; however the site lies in a position outside the nearest village.

In normal circumstances the Council would be able to resist the development of new dwelling outside of a settlement, however given a lack of housing supply we were able to successfully argue that the development would be sustainable and that it would not lead to any harm.

In order to establish the principle of development, Foxley Tagg submitted an Outline Planning Application so as to justify that, in policy terms; the site and proposal were both suitable and compliant with relevant national and local planning policies.

The Outline application was approved by Council Officers who conceded that the site was indeed sustainable, the proposal would not impact on the local landscape or neighbouring properties and the access was safe.

Conditions attached to the Outline decision required a Reserved Matters application to be submitted within a year.

A Reserved Matters application was therefore prepared and submitted to provide details of the proposed design and landscaping. The application was approved by Officers with the site owner, subject to the releasing the remaining conditions, having 2 years to proceed with the build.

This development is classic example of where an in-depth understanding of planning policy and housing supply are required to bring forward a site for a self build project. Many Councils around the Country still have housing supply issues so such opportunities may be available in your area.

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