Giving evidence on landscape matters, appletons have played a fundamental role in securing planning consent on appeal for the construction of up to 148 residential dwellings on 7.6 hectares of agricultural land near Crewe, Cheshire. The appeal was for non-determination of the planning application, for which appletons prepared a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. The putative reasons for refusal were based on unacceptable impact on landscape character, the erosion of a Green Wedge and loss of agricultural land. The Inspector allowed the appeal, agreeing that the impact on landscape character and value was low and that the impact on the Green Wedge was minimal. Planning evidence for the appellants was given by Shaun Taylor of Satplan Ltd, highways evidence by Luke Regan of WYG and the barrister was Paul Tucker QC of Kings Chambers, Manchester.
The successful appeal decision followed soon after another planning Inquiry for land at New House Farm, Mickleover in Derbyshire, again for residential development but for up to 300 dwellings. The reasons for refusal were impact on trees and open countryside though following an officers recommendation for approval. The planning inspector gave approval based on evidence based on that prepared by appletons together with planning evidence given by Michael Watts, senior director of NLP of Manchester and Highways evidence by David Bell of Bryan G Hall. The barrister was Peter Village QC.
In both cases the Local Authorities could not demonstrate a five year housing land supply and it appears that landscape issues are increasingly coming to the fore in cases of this nature.