EDP was appointed by the Attwood family to assist in the preparation of a planning application for a major residential development on the edge of Lordswood, within Medway District, just north of the M2 in Kent. The site was sensitive in landscape terms, because it was part of a locally designated ‘Area of Local Landscape Importance’.
EDP’s masterplanning, landscape, heritage and ecology teams were involved in formulating very carefully conceived proposals but the scheme was still refused permission at Committee on the basis that it would yield to settlement coalescence. Under Rupert Warren QC’s guidance, EDP delivered landscape evidence at the forthcoming S78 Public Inquiry. The appeal decision was notable because the Inspector granted permission despite finding the site to be a NPPF Para 109 ‘valued landscape’. He accepted EDP’s argument that being a valued landscape did not preclude planning permission where development was sustainable; moreover EDP’s landscape evidence demonstrated conclusively that the characteristics of the scheme would not fundamentally undermine the purposes of Medway’s ALLI.
The scheme is currently progressing towards reserved matters applications.
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