New homes are set to be built in a Leicestershire village after our team secured planning permission for 70 dwellings and then went on to sell the site. We had secured outline planning permission for the 6.8-acre site off Hinckley Road, in Stoke Golding, in just 12 months, which has now been sold to Miller Homes.
We acted on behalf of the landowner to secure development partner Richborough Estates which subsequently instructed our planning team to work on the planning application. Members of the team prepared a pre-application submission and undertook a consultation exercise ahead of submitting an outline planning application in May 2021. Meanwhile, representations were made under local plans in both Stoke Golding and Hinckley and Bosworth due to the need for more housing in both areas, with a resolution for consent being granted under the latter in October 2021. This was despite a third-party call-in request made to the Secretary of State, who later determined not to intervene in the decision-making process.
During this delay, a S106 agreement was prepared and completed within three months of the committee’s resolution, following collaboration with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council. The development site, which will provide a mix of starter and family homes along with more than two acres of public open space.
Angela Smedley, an Associate Director based at our Ashby office who led the planning process, said: “We were very pleased to secure planning permission for the site, and it is fantastic that it has now been sold to Miller Homes. Despite facing a number of barriers, we were able to achieve an incredibly quick turn around and secure planning permission just one year after being instructed by Richborough Estates. We now look forward to seeing the development, which will provide much-needed new homes for the area, come to fruition.”
Our development team dealt with the sale of the site.
Ben Marshalsay, Head of Development Agency, also based at our Ashby office, said: “We were attempting to transact in the tax year just ended and it was always going to be a close-run thing, but we were very impressed with the speed at which all parties worked to hit the tight deadlines and our client was extremely happy with the result.”