Recent Instructions include successfully representing Melton Borough Council at a major appeal into an onshore wind turbines development at Asfordby, Leicestershire. The Practice represented the Borough Council which opposed the construction of nine turbines within an area of the Leicestershire Wolds regarded as a locally valued landscape. The area also contains numerous heritage assets such as listed churches, listed farm buildings and conservation areas together with remnant medieval field systems and deserted villages. This appeal was dismissed by the Secretary of State in March 2014.
The practice represented Gloucestershire County Council at an appeal for a combustion energy from waste plant at Javeline Park south of Gloucester. This was a major public inquiry also attended by a public action group opposed to the scheme. The evidence was wide ranging however the Waste Planning Authority's case as part represented by this Practice focussed upon the unneccesarily large scale and mass of the proposed building in relation to the setting of the Cotswolds AONB and various heritage assets within the vicinity of the site.
The Practice has also become involved with rural tourism and recreational developments. Recent instructions include the development of a micro-brewery and farm shop in association with the Paulet Arms (Three Daggers) in Edington, Wiltshire. Planning advice and support was provided for the project which is now trading and attracting a great deal of interest from others looking to stimulate their local economies. The Practice has also recently been appointed to provide advice to the Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance and Beckington Parish Council (Somerset).
We have been appointed to prepare and submit a planning application for a new crematorium at Romsey within the Test Valley Borough Council area on behalf of the Westerleigh Group Ltd. We are also currently providing specialist assistance to a number of Neighbourhood Plan working groups and also advising those seeking to participate within the process.
Of particular note amongst recent instructions are those relating to rural local needs housing, certificates of lawful use or development, agricultural contractors' operations, agricultural workers' dwellings, representations upon emerging Core Strategies/Local Plans and other DPDs, independent advice to parish and town councils, public consultation and exhibitions.
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