My role: Planning consultant and agent.
The scheme: This was an unusual case with issues that included inappropriate development in the Green Belt and very special circumstances. It involved a replacement dwelling to be built on a greenfield site instead of a disused former agricultural holding with existing house and outbuildings. The challenge was to create a strategy that would be acceptable to the planning authority.
My proposed solution made use of an adjacent piece of Green Belt land also owned by my client. The new dwelling would be built on this greenfield site and then, in a ‘land swap’ arrangement, the unsightly former smallholding would be levelled and returned to open land.
The outcome: Planning permission was granted by Cheshire East Council on appeal (Written Representations).