City Planning successfully made representations to Winchester City Council’s (WCC) emerging Local Plan in order to allocate the site and the wider employment area for residential development.
Once allocated, pre-application discussions took place with WCC, local residents and stakeholders. One on one meetings were held with interested parties and a public information event was conducted in order to understand the local opinion.
In addition to this, it was also necessary to agree a Masterplan for the wider employment area. City Planning together with DGA architects took a lead role in this process and prepared a masterplan for the entire employment area. The resultant masterplan identified the disposition of uses and linkages with adjoining sites in order to enable future development and maximise housing delivery. WCC then endorsed the Masterplan and published it for consultation.
Planning permission was then sought for 45 residential dwellings set across five blocks. They consisted of 10 houses and 35 flats. The application was able to rely upon vacant building credits so there was only a requirement to provide nine onsite affordable housing units (20%).
In addition to this, City Planning advised on CIL charges and co-ordinated a team of external consultants who provided advice on transport, affordable housing, community engagement and sustainability matters.
WCC’s Planning Committee unanimously resolved to grant the planning permission at committee in May 2017.