Our planning team have successfully secured planning permission for a 280-home development on former green belt land in Nottinghamshire. The outline planning permission was achieved for new houses on a 28-acre site on land north of Grantham Road, in Radcliffe-On-Trent.
Plans include dwellings of varying sizes, 30 per cent of which will be affordable, as well as a park, areas of public open space, a wildlife corridor, and the provision of a three-metre-wide cycleway adjacent to the A52.
The development also includes reconfiguring a junction on the A52 to provide a four-arm traffic signal junction which will not only provide access to the site, but also improve safety at the junction. Our team, who acted on behalf of the landowner, a long-standing client of the firm, had first worked to release the site from the Nottingham Derby Green Belt and secure its allocation for housing in part 2 of the Rushcliffe Local Plan. They then worked on the complex planning application before securing outline planning permission for 280 dwellings, 40 additional dwellings than proposed in the local plan.
James Beverley, one of our senior planners, said: “We were extremely pleased to get the green belt land allocated for housing and then ultimately achieve planning permission for the site on behalf of our client. Part 1 of the Rushcliffe Local Plan considerably underdelivered on the number of houses required. We therefore worked to promote the release of the site from the green belt through the Part 2 plan, ensuring the delivery of housing and reducing significant development pressures on the limited number of settlements outside of the green belt.
“When working on the planning application we encountered several challenges but were able to resolve these to the satisfaction of the relevant statutory consultees. We worked constructively with Network Rail successfully demonstrating that the new drainage system being introduced would take water away from their infrastructure so was a betterment to them. We also experienced challenges relating to junction works to the A52, which is part of National Highways’ strategic highway network.
“We worked with National Highways to demonstrate that the changes, which included remodelling of the existing junction and adding traffic lights, would benefit both the development and others living and working in the area who would find it easier to turn onto the strategic road. This is the second green belt site we have successfully progressed on behalf of the client, and we now look forward to seeing the sale of the site being completed and much needed homes being delivered.”