89 houses, including 36 affordable dwellings and a biomass plant near Maidstone have been allowed on appeal after decades of planning setbacks.
This site was first identified in the mid to late 1990s as being suitable for residential development. However, a Local Plan Inspector failed to include it in the Local Plan. Development potential of this site was therefore constrained by its location outside any defined settlement, and within an area of protected landscape. It is also located within ancient woodland and a very small section required removal to provide access.
The site’s planning history was one of development being consistently rejected over two decades. Following refusals over 13 years ago, the site was purchased by Bloomfields’ clients. They waited for the ideal time to re-apply, taking advice from Bloomfields and other specialists about both timing and the optimal mix and scale of development.
More recent planning applications were refused and appeals lodged by Bloomfields. A specialist team was assembled for a week long Public Inquiry, at which Bloomfields gave planning evidence. The timing and form of development proved to be right this time round and a successful outcome was achieved, after a very long wait.