Planning Success – Affordable Housing Scheme in Wolsingham

Planning House were delighted to share this amazing planning approval for an affordable housing scheme in Wolsingham, County Durham. This is on behalf of Believe Housing with a unanimous vote of approval at planning committee. Well done Helen for achieving this.

The site was subject to a number of constraints with a dry-stone wall to the front that needed to be retained and significant tree covered by a TPO adjacent to the access. However following meaningful engagement with the planning officers, a high quality design comprising of coursed sandstone with beautiful detail was proposed. All 20 units will meet Nationally Designed Space Standards and the scheme will provide a mix of house types, including bungalows, to meet the identified need in the local area.

The scheme incorporates landscaped public open space, EV charging points over and above what was required by planning policy and proposes to contribute to all required developer contributions. The application was supported by officers with a recommendation of approval and approved by members at Planning Committee.

It was great to work with the whole design team on this scheme and we are looking forward to seeing work commence as soon as the legal agreement is issued, and conditions are discharged.

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The outcome of the planning process depends on how effectively people work together: those who guide and control design; those who initiate and implement development; and the planners who manage the process and make the decisions. This was certainly an influencing factor in the success of this planning success. For more information about this, check out our blog post ‘Collaborate & Communicate: Meaningful Engagement is Crucial‘.

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