DHA have secured detailed planning permission at appeal for 55 dwellings on an allocated site in Hamstreet, near Ashford, on behalf of Redrow Homes.

Key facts
  • Successful appeal
  • 55 dwellings

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Planning permission had previously been refused at appeal for a scheme of 64 dwellings on the site. DHA Planning and DHA Urban Design revised the original scheme to address the concerns raised by the Inspector and secured a recommendation from Officers that planning permission be granted for the amended proposal of 55 dwellings. When the application was deferred at Planning Committee, DHA lodged an appeal against nondetermination and worked with Landmark Chambers to successfully obtain planning permission.

The number of dwellings exceeded the indicative allocated capacity for the site, as the Inspector was satisfied that the scheme achieved a pragmatic and reasonable balance between maximising the land’s potential and not adversely affecting environmental quality. The development includes an extension to an existing area of open space, the retention of a number of existing mature trees and will incorporate the planting of 110 new trees. It will also provide six one bed affordable flats, which were included following discussions with the Borough Council in order to meet an identified local need for smaller affordable units and will be offered first to people with a local connection to the village.

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