CONSENT ACHIEVED FOR THREE RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS IN NIDDERDALE AONB VIA ‘PERMISSION IN PRINCIPLE’ PROCESS
Rural Solutions has secured planning consent for a small residential site in Nidderdale AONB.
The site is for the construction of three houses and is thought to be the first granted full consent by Harrogate Borough Council using the ‘permission in principle’ process, introduced by the Government for certain categories of development including small residential sites in 2018. The quicker process allows for land to be granted ‘permission in principle’ without going through the full planning application process, making it easier and a more attractive possibility to deliver small areas of land that can contribute to the housing land supply plan.
From there, the second stage similar to a standard planning approval process where various technical details are considered and only at this point does the applicant need to invest in detailed plans and technical surveys, as these are only required at the point of the technical consent.
The scheme was designed by Rural Solutions architecture and landscape architecture teams. The landscape appraisal playing a particularly important part in the success of the development, noting the designation and the challenging topography. As such, the houses were positioned in a suitable layout with the design producing three practical living spaces, incorporating many high quality, local features in order to be in keeping with the surroundings.
In many instances, landowners will not want to take the risk of investing a full planning application for small sites, but this process makes it much more accessible and therefore there are more sites coming forward, which is exactly the right outcome.