Brandesburton mixed-use scheme to progress
Planning advisor Pegasus Group has secured outline consent at appeal for 26,500 sq ft of employment space and 50 homes at a site near Beverley.
Acting for client Messrs Foster, Crozier, Draper & Coates, Pegasus successfully argued against Eat Riding Council’s refusal of the scheme on the grounds that the 16-acre application site lies outside the settlement boundary, and the housing element would therefore be against the local plan.
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The site is currently in use for a variety of employment and agricultural uses including a pig farm complex.
Planning inspector Louise Crosby ruled in favour of the applicant. She concluded that while the scheme is outside of the settlement limits of Brandesburton, it represents an important windfall site, offering landscape and urban realm improvements at the entrance to the village.
A visit to the site, Crosby noted in her judgment, led her to conclude the site is “unkempt and run-down” in relation to well-maintained sites nearby.
Effectively, it was ruled that although East Riding can demonstrate a good supply of housing, there should be no top limit when sites are suitable, given the national context of needing to improve housing supply. As this location is well served by services and amenities (both in Brandesburton and Leven) the project should be allowed.
The scheme will also deliver new public open space and landscaping to a site that is largely brownfield, although in open countryside. The intention is for 20% of homes to be affordable.
The volume of homes approved is considerably less than that intended at the time of the original application, when up to 135 homes were envisaged.
Chris Calvert, executive director at Pegasus Group, said: “This appeal win is fantastic news for our clients who look forward to delivering a scheme that will make brilliant use of an unsightly brownfield site and will support the local housing market and the rural economy.”
Pegasus acted as project manager and also led on site masterplanning, landscape design, economic benefits, highways and flood risk assessment, along with co-ordinating the planning application and appeal.
Support was provided by Squire Patton Boggs for the Section 106 agreement, Lithos for ground conditions, Wright Environmental for ecology and Airshed for noise and air quality matters.