When we signed the agreement, the land was outside the development boundary and not allocated for housing.
WHAT WE DID
Completed investigations into the ground conditions, ecology, arboriculture, archaeology, roads and drainage.
A 100 unit residential scheme was designed.
Following a full season of ecology surveys, the scheme was submitted as an outline application with all matters reserved except access.
Following numerous objections from a very well organised local residents group and lack of support from the local authority, the application was refused at committee.
There were 5 main reasons for refusal, namely, 1. Harm to the character and distinctiveness of the hills to the north of Exeter, 2. The open space fulfills a valuable recreational need, 3.
The access would have an impact on the southern boundary hedgebank, 4. A repeat of 3 as there are 2 access points and 5. A lack of S106.
Following this refusal an appeal was lodged and all the relevant documents submitted to the inspector and an appeal hearing was granted.
Less than 3 weeks after the hearing, the planning inspector allowed the appeal and issued a consent.
From submission of the application to granting of appeal, the process took a little over two and a half years.