Lower Broadbridge Farm, Horsham

Graeme represented Gleeson Land at a six-day inquiry against the refusal of outline planning permission for 133 dwellings. The reasons for refusal included effects on: heritage; landscape; and the highly controversial issue of water neutrality. Two Rule 6 parties raised further substantive issues including: flood risk/drainage; highways; ecology; and loss of agricultural land. These issues required calling experts and cross-examination. The appellant’s case on water neutrality mitigation was subject to a late change (for reasons outside its control) prior to the inquiry and required lengthy and detailed legal submissions on Grampian conditions, s.106 obligations and compliance with the habitats regulations.

Decision pending.

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