Still ‘Open Season’ for New Housing

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It has been a remarkable few months in the relentlessly evolving world of Planning Policy, with Stratford and Warwick District Councils still without an adopted Local Plan.

It remains open season for the so called “rapacious” developers with a number of high profile developments being granted consent in recent weeks and months.  The issue of housing land supply remains top of the planning agenda.

Stratford District have recently issued revised proposals allocating a number of new housing sites to help meet the targets set by National Government, whilst Warwick District have essentially been told to go back to the drawing board after failing to account for housing required from Coventry City overspill.  With both districts being heavily constrained by ‘Greenbelt’ boundaries this means that new development is being focussed on large urban extensions to the existing towns as well as the two proposed new settlements (Gaydon Lighthorne & Long Marston Airfield).

Other controversial planning guidance exempting small sites of less than 10 units from affordable housing have also now been consigned to the dustbin following a recent High Court Judgment at the end of July, meaning that many of the smaller sites and self-build opportunities have been rendered unviable due to this development tax.

PlansIn other news, it appears that the Permitted Development Rights allowing barns to be converted to residential dwellings have been extended indefinitely.  New guidance on this point also allows barns to be converted which were previously considered “isolated”.  Therefore, buildings which have been in agricultural use since 31st March 2013 and are deemed structurally capable of residential conversion, should now be given the green light by the Planners.

Here at Sheldon Bosley we remain actively involved in promoting a number of strategic sites throughout the district on behalf of landowners.  With the amount of new development taking place, the town and village boundaries throughout the county are constantly moving providing an opportunity for new sites to be considered for development on a longer term basis.  In addition to the more strategic work, Sheldon Bosley are also seeking planning consent for smaller scale developments of up to 25 new dwellings directly on behalf of landowners.  Our team have the resources to see a project through from conception through the planning process right to the detailed design and construction.  Our expertise and experience allow us to find practical solutions to the myriad of technical issues arising on any land.

If you think your land may have short or long term planning potential or simply wish to discuss planning prospects in general, contact us for a no obligation initial site assessment.  Tel:  Stratford on Avon 01789 292310 or Shipston on Stour 01608 661666.