17 March 2017
A new garden village in Northumberland has been given the green light, following multidisciplinary work from WYG. Northumberland County Council was minded to grant permission this week for a hybrid application for Dissington Garden village, subject to a planning agreement and referral to the National Casework Unit.
On behalf of Lugano Dissington Estate Ltd, WYG provided heritage and planning services, including EIA coordination, for the scheme. Dissington Garden Village will deliver 2000 new homes and associated local services, facilities and infrastructure provision. The green belt site is six miles from Newcastle.
The committee report said that "very special circumstances" existed to justify the use of green belt land. Factors in favour of the development "overwhelmingly outweigh the potential harm to the green belt". These included that the "single ownership of the land, and the relative absence of development constraints, would facilitate accelerated delivery of housing, employment and community facilities".
The report also said that the scheme "would deliver substantial housing over and above OAN, and in so doing would contribute to the fulfilment of an important government objective".
Sandra Manson, head of WYG’s Newcastle’s planning team, said: “The garden village will deliver an exemplar new settlement which will be unique in the North East of England and assist Northumberland County Council achieve its aspirations for economic and housing growth. We are very proud to have achieved this outcome for such an important scheme."
Lugano Dissington Estate Chairman Richard Robson said: “This is a major step forward for the garden village and we are delighted at the result. Our intention is not to just build houses but to build an exceptional new community we can all be proud of.”
WYG will continue to work with Lugano Dissington Estate Ltd and Northumberland County Council to secure delivery of the project.