Gladman Developments Limited has withdrawn three s78 appeals seeking planning permission for major residential developments in three villages near Ashford, Kent.
The inquiry into a proposal for 125 houses in Brabourne Lees had sat for eight days in January 2018 and was due to reconvene for at least two further days in July 2018. The inquiry into a proposal for 245 houses in Charing had sat for 12 days in March and April 2018 and had closed. The decision was due in August 2018. The inquiry into a proposal for 110 houses in Biddenden was due to sit for eight days in October 2018.
In April 2016, an inspector dealing with a s78 appeal had concluded that Ashford Borough Council did not have a five year housing land supply [https://www.ftbchambers.co.uk/news/appeal-allowed-100-houses-tenterden-k...
However, on 29 June 2018, the two inspectors examining the new Ashford Local Plan, having held 14 days of hearings from April to June 2018, issued a post-hearing advice note which included a conclusion that the five year housing land supply in Ashford was 7,730 dwellings. This exceeds the proposed housing requirement for the new Local Plan, and the objectively assessed need figure, for the relevant five year period, effectively confirming that Ashford BC does have a five year housing land supply.
In all three s78 appeals, Ashford BC was arguing that it did have a five year housing land supply for the period from 2018 onwards, a contention which was disputed by Gladman. Gladman refers in its marketing material to its percentage success rate in obtaining planning permission.
Richard Honey represented Ashford Borough Council in all three s78 appeals. Richard is also advising Ashford BC on its local plan and had appeared for the Council in the examination session dealing with housing land supply.
Katherine Barnes represented Brabourne Parish Council in the Brabourne Lees inquiry.