Former Ropley Quarry Development | Pre-Application Feedback
Following our pre-application submission, we received some helpful written feedback from East Hampshire District Council and attended a meeting with the Council’s Principal Planning Officer, Mr Stephen Wiltshire. The written feedback was discussed in detail at the meeting, and we were also given the opportunity to present our proposed house designs and explain various amendments and developments that had occurred in response to the Council’s advice. We thought the feedback on the design was positive and Mr Wiltshire was pleased with the quality of the Hornbeam Homes and Oakwrights precedents.
OUTLINE PLANNING PERMISSION
Mr Wiltshire questioned why the proposed amount of houses over the site had been amended, as the previously approved outline permission was for six 5,000 sq ft houses, and we are now proposing eleven houses ranging from approximately 2,600 sq ft to 6600 sq ft. We explained that we had carried out detailed research regarding the quarry restoration and the proposed new residential development costs, alongside obtaining firm fee quotes for bringing services into the site for example, and liaising with local estate agents to ensure the proposed houses will be marketable and meet the local need in the area. We were advised to submit a robust and detailed viability statement to justify the proposed figures, which our team have now developed thoroughly. He also referred us to the National and Local Planning Policy, which is being covered in our separate Planning statement.
This site and the local area has fantastic history, ecology, and geological features, which have given inspiration to name each of the houses; Wood Barn, Flint House, Chalk House, Maple Barn, Oak House, Lime House, Brock House, Wealden House, Mead House, Falcon House, and Peregrine House. Interestingly, we now have a family of new occupants that have already moved into the site! A pair of falcons have happily nested in a hole in the north escarpment face; we are told they will vacate as soon as their fledglings have left home in the next few weeks, and so our ecologists are keeping a close eye on developments and are working with the Council’s own ecologist to ensure we protect these magnificent birds, both at this time and in the future if they decide to return. We will keep you posted, but in the meantime, we look forward to submitting our Full Planning application shortly.
To book your consultation with Helen Needham at either The Homebuilding & Renovating London Show on 25th – 27th September or Grand Designs Live NEC on 8th – 11th October, get in touch with Oakwrights Marketing Assistant, Abby Barrington, on 01432 361966 or email:AbbyBarrington@oakwrights.co.uk