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October, 2018

Inspector allows proposals for 39 homes in Greenbelt in just six days

News October 17, 2018
Old Portsmouth Road Site layout plan

Just six days after the hearing into a double appeal brought against Guildford Borough Council, the Planning Inspectorate published its decision to allow 39 dwellings on a previously developed site in the Green Belt and listed building consent.
The site, located off Old Portsmouth Road (A3100), also lies within the Surrey Hills AONB and in part, within the St Catherine’s Conservation Area.

Richards Urban Design prepared the detailed design scheme for the site and attended the hearing on behalf of Cala Homes (South Home Counties).

The Inspector agreed with the Council that the proposal was inappropriate development and that by definition this was harmful to the Green Belt. However, by working with a strong team including Graeme Keen QC, Landmark Chambers; Vail Williams, planning; Liz Simes at Fabrik, landscape consultant; Colin Richards, urban designer; and Jen Coates, Heritage Collective, the team were able to make the case for Very Special Circumstances on behalf of CALA.