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Success For Residential Development in the Green Belt

Green belt

Success in Essex for Acorus’ Eastern team for obtaining full planning permission for a residential development within the green belt.

The scheme proposed replacing a building in a commercial use, and an agricultural building, with a development of five houses.  Given the site was in a green belt location the proposal had to be demonstrated as being appropriate, given the restrictions on development in green belt locations.

What is appropriate development in the green belt?

National planning policy defines new buildings within the green belt as being inappropriate, making opportunities for development extremely limited.  There are however some exceptions to this as follows:

A Local Planning Authority should regard the construction of new buildings as inappropriate in the Green Belt.  Exceptions to this are:

The Planning Case & Approach

Given the proposal was to replace existing buildings on previously developed land (in the case of the commercial building), this was considered appropriate green belt development in line with criterion g) above.  The scheme presented kept within the envelope of the existing buildings to be replaced, not exceeding existing heights or footprints.  Therefore, there would be no greater impact on the openness of the green belt, the key test.  In order to accurately demonstrate this, and for an appropriate assessment to be made, the application was made in full, with Acorus’ design team producing detailed plans and elevations to support the planning application which ultimately led to a successful outcome.

Planning Permission Granted, What Now?

The permission is subject to a number of planning conditions, requiring action and the supply of additional details at relevant stages.  It is important that these are discharged in line with the requirements to ensure there is no breach of planning.

The client is considering their options for the site.  Whether it is sale or development Acorus can help with both.  

Having knowledge of the site, gaining the planning permission, and having produced the drawings, Acorus are well placed to assist with a sale.

If developing the site Acorus can produce the necessary drawings for building regulation approval, and construction detail if required, and assist with taking the project to site.


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Class Q Revisited

We recently revisited a site of one of the early Acorus Class Q applications (then Class MB) which was approved in July 2014 being one

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