22 October 2015
School Lane, Broughton. Image credit: ESHA Architects
Our Southampton planning team secured three separate resolutions to grant planning permission on one day last week for schemes totalling over 140 new homes. The successes were the culmination of many years’ hard work, featuring extensive and early engagement with the local communities:
• Broughton, Hampshire: 32 homes for Linden Homes. We also carried out the ecology, highways and landscape work.
• Waltham Chase, Hampshire: 81 homes for Bargate Homes.
• Ombersley, Worcestershire: 30 homes for The Ombersley Conservation Trust. WYG also provided noise assessment, design and transport work.
In Broughton, a Local Plan policy required that the application was community-led. Since identifying a need for new houses in its Parish Plan, the Parish Council worked with local land owners and the community to find a suitable site. Last year, the Parish Council selected the Linden Homes’ site as its preferred option, with the support of the community, from a total of five.
Jacob Goodenough, WYG project manager for the Broughton scheme, said: “Since then we have worked with the Parish Council and the local community to ensure that the proposals are exactly what the community wants and needs. The scheme is of a high quality, using bespoke house designs and incorporates extensive community benefits.”
The Waltham Chase resolution was the result of five years’ discussions between WYG and the Parish Council and Winchester City Council (WCC). In 2013, WCC confirmed that the site was the preferred site to contribute towards meeting the Local Plan Part 1 housing requirement for the village. This was later confirmed when the site was identified as a draft allocation in the emerging Local Plan Part 2.
Trevor Moody, WYG project manager for the Waltham Chase scheme, said: “It was the early and continuous engagement with the Parish Council and WCC Officers that made all the difference as well as a thorough pre-application consultation exercise, including a public exhibition. Both officers and councillors were particularly complimentary about the site layout at the planning committee.”
In Ombersley, WYG worked for The Ombersley Conservation Trust, a charity whose purpose is to conserve the village of Ombersley. The sale of the site, with the benefit of planning permission, will provide much needed funds for the Trust to continue its work, and it will also provide investments in the village’s cricket and tennis clubs.
Caroline Gould, WYG project manager for the Ombersley scheme, said: “This is the first planning permission for housing development on the Conservation Trust’s land and will provide much needed housing and investment in village facilities.”
Martin Hawthorne, WYG Planning Director, said: “The three projects demonstrated localism in action, with full and genuine engagement with local communities. After many years of hard work, we are very proud to be instrumental in delivering much needed new homes of a high quality.”