Smart Planning have successfully obtained multiple planning permissions totaling seven new dwellings within the Uttlesford countryside. The dwellings will assist the Council in achieving their five year housing land supply, which currently stands at just 3.52 years.

The journey started with an allowed appeal for an infill dwelling, where the Planning Inspector noted that the development would protect the character of the countryside, appearing as part of the domestic surroundings, and would result in a small infill between the existing built development.

In terms of suitability, they noted that despite the lack of services, being 3.5 miles from Thaxted, the adopted planning policies allowed for some infilling close to settlements.

Smart Planning then sought the replacement of the former two-storey farmhouse with a pair of semi-detached dwellings, following refusal by the Council an appeal was lodged. The Planning Inspector concluded that:

“…as a result of the existing residential use of the appeal site and adjoining properties, I am not persuaded that the introduction of a pair of semi-detached dwellings to replace an existing detached dwelling would alter the nature of the site so dramatically that it would be out of keeping with the general locality. Therefore, I am satisfied that the proposed dwellings would not result in harm to the character and appearance of the area.

The most recent planning permission achieves four dwellings within the wider residential curtilage. The Council granted planning permission, with reference to the allowed appeals, noting the dwellings would be within a residential domestic area, and the additional four dwellings would contribute to the Councils housing land supply.

Smart Planning are delighted with this positive outcome for our client, and are eager to see the final development once built.

03 February 2022