Planning permission granted for Class Q alternative new build scheme within Green Belt

Studio Spicer has recently been granted planning permission for this contemporary new-build scheme located within the West Midlands Green Belt near the village of Sambourne, Warwickshire.

The existing site, a former poultry farm, has not been in use for a number of years and is comprised of numerous buildings and structures of varying degrees of dilapidation that are dispersed in an irregular and ad-hoc fashion. As such the site is widely considered to be an eye-sore by the local and wider community.

Having previously established the principle of a residential development on the site for 5 dwellings via the utilisation of Class Q Permitted Development rights (change of use from agricultural buildings to dwellinghouses) it was considered there was potential for a much more sensitive and sympathetic redevelopment solution for the site that would deliver greater benefits to the local community and the wider open countryside.

Consequently, proposals were developed and submitted for an attractive new-build alternative scheme that provides a significant consolidation of built form on the site and with a rationalised layout and cohesive design that is sympathetic and responsive to farmsteads found within the locality.

Due to an integrated landscaping scheme, which features considerable native planting and biodiversity enhancements, the proposal provides greater sense of openness to the Green Belt and significant improvements in terms of amenity and outlook to the adjacent cricket club, neighbouring properties, and the wider community; and especially compared with the extant Class Q fall-back scheme.

This sensitively designed alternative proposal for the site received unanimous support from the local community, elected members, and statutory consultees resulting in permission being granted under delegated powers.

Construction is anticipated to commence later this Summer.