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Land adjacent to Sims Metals, near Pebworth, Worcestershire

DATE: 12 Nov 2013

This was a six day inquiry into an appeal by Codex Land Promotions Ltd against the refusal of Wychavon District Council to grant planning permission for a mixed use development including 380 dwellings, 5000 sqm commercial floorspace and  community/leisure facilities adjacent to the Long Marston Depot site (nr Pebworth) where St Modwen have obtained planning permission for a 500 dwelling mixed use development which is in the process of being built out.

The primary issues on which the inquiry focused were whether the Council was able to demonstrate a five year supply of deliverable housing sites to meet its objectively assessed needs, whether the site was in an ‘unsustainable location’ as contended by the Council and whether granting permission was premature pending the adoption of the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan, which was intended to be the future development plan for the area.

Charles Banner acted for the Appellant, Codex Land Promotions Ltd, instructed by Foxeley Tagg Planning.

On 2 July 2014, the Secretary of State, in accordance with the Inspector’s recommendation, allowed the appeal and granted planning permission.