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AB Planning & Development, acting on behalf of a residents group and the Parish Council at Standlake, in West Oxfordshire has recently assisted in successfully fighting off a develop proposal by Spitfire Bespoke Homes Limited to construct 46 dwellings on a greenfield site between Standlake and Brighthampton. The Planning Inspectorate's decision notice, issued on 6th June 2018 (Ref: APP/D3125/W/17/3182864) confirmed our case that the development proposal would have been harmful to the rural character of the two villages, to the heritage setting of nearby listed buildings and a proposed pedestrian crossing would have been unsafe. Such harmful impacts were deemed to have significantly and demonstrably outweighed any benefits derived from the provision of new housing. 


The Planning Inspectorate confirmed in September 2016 that we had successfully appealed two more refusal decisions. In the first of those decisions, Mr & Mrs Crowther secured planning permission for the erection of six open market and two affordable dwellings, plus a large new area of public open space on land to the south of Grade II* listed Sunte House, on the northern edge of Hayward Heath, in Sussex. Despite the support at application stage of Historic England and the substantial lack of a five-year housing land supply, Mid Sussex District Council nevertheless refused planning permission in December 2015. Inspector Kenneth Stone not only allowed the appeal and granted planning permission but he also accepted our case that the District Council had acted unreasonably in resolving to refuse planning permission on listed building heritage grounds when Historic England had been supportive. He agreed with our contention that the proposals would in fact represent an enhancement in heritage terms, through restoration of a long abandoned nineteenth Century driveway to Sunte House and the creation of a large new area of landscaped public open space, with new footpaths and local drainage enhancements. He agreed that the proposed new area of open space would ensure preservation of open views south from the listed House and provide an amenity area from which the heritage asset could be better appreciated in public views. The Inspector therefore determined that the appellants' costs in fighting the appeal on listed building setting terms should be reimbursed by Mid Susses District Council. A full copy of the Planning Inspectorate appeal decisions can be found on the Inspectorate's and District Council's websites under appeal Ref: APP/D3830/W/16/3146504.


Another successful appeal decision in September 2016 was a decision in favour of Mr & Mrs Bourne, of Bellingdon, near Chesham. In that instance, Inspector Bowker agreed with us that contrary to Chiltern District Council's assertion, the formation of a new horse training manege on an equestrian paddock in the Chilterns AONB and Metropolitan Green Belt would not cause harm on the openness of the area - Appeal Ref: APP/X0415/W/16/3151403.


More recently, in January 2017, an appeal was successfully pursued on behalf of Mr Law for a residential infill development of three houses on land off Churt Road, in Hindhead, Surrey. In that instance, costs were also awarded against Waverley District Council for its unreasonable behaviour in refusing the application, contrary to pre-application guidance and statutory consultee  advice Ref: APP/R3650/W/17/3168176).


The Planning Inspectorate had previously awarded favourable appeal decisions to AB Planning & Development in relation to refusal decisions issued by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC Ref: 14/01179/APP) and by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council (RBBC Ref: 14/00701/F). We secured consent first for a new 3-bed infill dwelling in the village of Granborough, in Buckinghamshire for JR Baughan Limited (PINS Ref: APP/J0405/A/14/2223586) which will sit opposite a Grade II* listed church and alongside a Grade II listed thatched cottage; and secondly consent for a block of seven apartments on a redevelopment plot in a conservation area at Walton-on-the-Hill, near Tadworth in Surrey for Cala Homes (South Home Counties) Limited (PINS Ref: APP/L3625/A/14/2226095). Unfortunately, and despite the successful appeal decision on behalf of Cala Homes, a similar proposal for another apartment block redevelopment on behalf of Ashgrove Homes in the neighbouring street of Egmont Park Road was dismissed at appeal in August 2016 (Ref: APP/L3625/W/16/3149091).


Previously, contrary to an Officer recommendation of refusal but having listened to our supporting case, Croydon Borough Council's Planning Committee resolved to grant planning permission (Croydon BC Ref: 14/04609/P) for a block of four 3-bed luxury apartments on part of a former School site at Woodcote Lane, in Purley, Surrey.


Outline planning permission has been granted by Aylesbury Vale District Council for the erection of six new homes for Cass Properties UK Ltd on a site on the south-western edge of Bletchley, near Milton Keynes (AVDC Ref: 15/02101/AOP). Full planning permission was also recently secured from the same Council for a new dwelling house in the village of Weston Turville, near Aylesbury AVDC Ref: 16/00214/FUL).


Three planning permissions have been secured from South Oxfordshire District Council for two new infill dwellings at Kingwood Common and one at Stoke Row, all near Henley-on-Thames (SODC Refs: P15/S1207/FUL P15/S3073/FUL & P15/S3932/FUL).


At Hornchurch, in Essex, planning permission was recently secured from the London Borough of Havering Council for a new infill dwelling at Emerson Park, on behalf of Ilford & Dagenham Properties (LBH Ref: P0305.16).


We are currently fighting eight appeals on behalf of developers, landowners and local residents at two sites in Buckinghamshire, at Aston Sandford and Bellingdon (Appeal Refs: 3192856, 3184571 and 3187052); a site in Oxfordshire at Kingwood (Appeal Ref: 3196643); two sites in Surrey at Ashtead and Bookham (Appeal Refs: 3200548 and 3201515); a site in Kent, at Holtye (Appeal Ref: 3183912) and are about to submit another appeal at Haywards Heath in Sussex. We are working on one new draft Neighbourhood Plan at Minster Lovell in West Oxfordshire and have successfully made representations to modify another draft Neighbourhood Plan at Weston Turville in Buckinghamshire. We will shortly be appearing at the Examination into the draft Vale of Aylesbury Plan, on behalf of two separate landowners and are actively pursuing through planning application submissions a number of new development proposals across the south of England.


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