30 JAN 2017

Boon Brown secures planning permission for 87 new homes outside development limits

Boon Brown Town Planning Director Shaun Travers acted for a regional developer in securing outline planning permission for 87 new homes adjacent to the village of Yetminster in West Dorset. The project was complex and promoted on the basis of a tenuous 5 year land supply. The first application was rejected by West Dorset District Council (WDDC) and pursued at appeal. The appeal was co-joined with a proposal for 90 dwellings in similar circumstances promoted by Gladmans.

A subsequent application was approved by the Council, however by virtue of an unsuccessful request by the local MP for the Secretary of State to call it in, the permission was delayed. The delay in issuing the permission and subsequent wait to exhaust the Judicial Review (JR) process meant that the client could not withdraw from the co-joined appeal by Public Inquiry until the day before it was due to be heard and thus Boon Brown had to prepare for the appeal and instruct a QC ready to sit the Inquiry.

In the end a request for JR was not made and Boon Brown was able to withdraw from the appeal with a secure planning permission.