Catesby Estates has successfully completed the sale of a residential development site in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire to Bellway Homes (South Midlands).
The 42 acre site has outline planning consent for 490 new homes, 40% affordable housing, and a significant package of infrastructure contributions and highway works totalling over £6.7 million.
Bellway will bring forward 370 new homes, with the balance delivered by Miller Homes.
Catesby acquired the site on a freehold basis in 2012 to bring forward new homes on the site which was first allocated as safeguarded land in the Bromsgrove District Local Plan 2004, and subsequently allocated within the Bromsgrove District Plan in 2017.
An outline planning application first went before Planning Committee in 2014 and was refused, a decision that was then backed by an Inspector. In response to that decision, Catesby subsequently acquired the former Greyhound Inn public house which had ceased trading, enabling the creation of a new roundabout that would be key to delivering the site.
Despite the site being allocated in the Bromsgrove District Plan and recommended for approval, a further outline application submitted jointly with Miller Homes in 2017 was deferred by members of the Planning Committee. The application was deferred again at Committee in 2019, and Catesby & Miller Homes subsequently appealed to the Planning Inspectorate in December 2019.
A virtual inquiry sat for four days in November 2020, with the decision issued in February 2021. The appeal was successful, along with a full award of costs against Bromsgrove District Council.
In his judgement the Planning Inspectorate stated “Not only does the appeal proposal comply with the Development Plan as a whole, it would bring forward one of the key town expansion sites allocated under Policy BDP5A. Site A has a crucial role in contributing to the supply of housing land, and its development would boost the provision of market and affordable housing in Bromsgrove. These are considerable benefits which clearly outweigh the limited harm which I have identified.”
Myron Osborne, Chief Executive of Catesby Estates said, “National housebuilder Bellway have a reputation for delivering high quality new homes, and we are very pleased to have completed this land sale.”
“This site shows how difficult and lengthy the process of new home delivery can be, despite being allocated in the District Plan and located in a sustainable area where there is a recognised shortage of housing, particularly affordable homes.”
This is a prime example of Catesby’s in-house skill, tenacity and commitment to delivering a positive outcome. We always believed we could deliver a well-designed scheme with clear community benefits, including increasing affordable housing stock in the area along with significant highways improvements which are much needed in Bromsgrove.