Revised application submitted at Stalbridge

Following an unsuccessful appeal in 2019 against North Dorset Council’s decision to refuse outline planning consent for up to 98 dwellings, a revised application has been submitted which seeks to address the concerns of the Planning Inspector on the visual and landscape impact of the development.

Lightwood attend the St Albans’ Local Plan examination hearings

After the first week of hearings the Inspectors suspended the examination citing serious concerns on legal compliance and soundness. Further explanation will be published in the next few weeks.


Planning application being prepared for Dorset Village

Following an unsuccessful appeal in 2019 Lightwood are revising the scheme to address the reasons for refusal. A revised layout for up to 80 units will be submitted by March 2020


Lightwood participate at the North Essex Local Plan (Section 1) hearings

Following an Inspector’s letter in June 2018 the North Essex Authorities undertook additional technical work to attempt satisfy his soundness concerns. Accompanied by Luke Wilcox of Landmark Chambers Lightwood attended the second phase of examination hearings and argued that critical soundness concerns had not been overcome.


Permission granted for detached unit

Following Lightwood’s successful application for a detached two storey building for use as B1 (office), a revised application seeking to convert its use to residential was unanimously supported by Elmbridge Planning Committee. Construction has already begun on the 1500ft² property, which benefits from a 300ft long garden, and is expected to be completed and on the market in the Autumn.

Planning submitted for 2 luxury homes on Fairmile estate

Lightwood has submitted an application for two 4,000ft² luxury homes to the rear of an existing property with an excessively large garden on the Fairmile Estate in Cobham. The precedent of back land development has already been established along Fairmile Lane and therefore the scheme is not out of character with its surroundings.

West of England Joint Spatial Strategy: Shortwood

The Inspectors to the West of England Joint Spatial Strategy published there second detailed post hearings letter, advising the West of England authorities that failings could not be corrected at examination (which had already been suspended to allow further work). The JSP is now being withdrawn and new plan-making process will begin based on higher housing need figures.


Promotion of 72 acres in Banstead agreed

North Essex Local Plan (Section 1) Technical Consultation

Following an Inspector’s letter in June 2018 the North Essex Authorities undertook additional technical work to attempt satisfy his soundness concerns. Lightwood submitted detailed representations of objection on several document including; Additional Sustainability Appraisal, Housing Need, Employment Land, Rapid Transit System, Road Infrastructure Funding and Viability.

Brighton & Hove Council withdraw from Public Enquiry

Brighton & Hove’s Planning Committee has decided not to defend its decision at appeal to refuse Lightwood’s planning application for 45 homes on land south of Ovingdean Road.

The discussion on 7th February included legal advice relating to a live appeal so had to be held in a confidential session.

Councillors were recommended to withdraw two of the four reasons for refusal and to then consider the resulting planning balance of the appealed proposal. Weighing up the planning benefits the scheme would bring against the remaining reasons for refusal they agreed that the Local Planning Authority should no longer defend the planning appeal.

Lightwood will be pursuing an application for the full award of costs.


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