Catesby Estates are pleased to announce the planning appeal submitted jointly with Miller Homes at Whitford Road, Bromsgrove has been successful, along with a full award of costs against Bromsgrove District Council.
The virtual inquiry sat for four days in November 2020, with the decision issued this week.
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.”
Catesby had been working on behalf of the landowners with Bromsgrove District Council (BDC) since 2013 to bring forward new homes on the 42 acre site. The proposals included 505 new homes, 40% affordable housing, and a significant package of infrastructure contributions and highway works totalling over £6.7 million.
An outline application first went before Planning Committee in 2014 for the Whitford Road site, and was refused, a decision that was then backed by an Inspector. In response to this decision, Catesby subsequently acquired the former Greyhound Inn, enabling the creation of a new roundabout that would be key to unlocking the site.
A further application was submitted in 2017 following the allocation of the site in the in the Bromsgrove District Plan and despite being recommended for approval, the application was deferred by members. Catesby and Miller Homes subsequently appealed to the Planning Inspectorate in December 2019.
This is a great example of how our strategic land promotion model, in-house skill, tenacity and commitment to bringing forward key housing supply sites, has produced a positive outcome for our landowners. We never gave up hope of delivering this allocated site, a decision that has been vindicated by the successful outcome.