The Ridge planning team is delighted to have obtained planning permission for the erection of 20 apartments and 8 dwellings, together with highways and landscaping, on behalf of Acorn Blue.
The new housing scheme will replace an existing vacant hotel which currently occupies the site. The 1.16 ha site which is located within the settlement is located within the AONB. The main challenges presented by the scheme related to the fact that the proposal constituted a major development in the AONB and would result in a loss of business use.
The team at Ridge led a robust case, demonstrating that the loss of business would not cause conflict with the local plan policy. Ridge led extensive consultations prior to and during the application process which led to the submission of a number of revised drawings to overcome concerns. It was demonstrated by the team at Ridge that the economic, social and environmental benefits associated with introducing new homes within the settlement weighted heavily in favour of the proposal.