Permission granted for Nether Peover homes

The development of 30 houses in Cheshire has been given the go-ahead on land owned by Property Alliance Group chairman David Russell, after a successful appeal to the planning inspector.

Lambert Smith Hampton advised joint appellants Russell, Allan Helman and Nick Ratcliffe during an inquiry into Cheshire West & Chester Council's failure to make a decision on the planning application, which is for a four-acre plot at Holly Tree Drive, Nether Peover.

The parcel of land is currently undeveloped.

LSH worked with the landowners to manage the process and co-ordinated a team of consultants to submit the initial planning application and the following planning appeal.

The proposals were tested through a public inquiry which concluded that the benefits of new housing provision in the area were valid.

Richard Moffat, director of planning and development for LSH in Manchester, said: "The fact that this case had to go to appeal at all supports the findings of our recent residential development sentiment survey; that planning is perceived as the biggest barrier to the delivery of housing. The planning system was seen to be challenging, time consuming and costly. Opposition from local communities was also cited as a major concern.

"We are seeing a rise in the market and more housing being delivered. Access to finance has improved dramatically. However, not enough is being done to ensure that national planning guidance is being adhered to locally to support the delivery of new and affordable homes to meet housing needs."

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