Ansley, Warwickshire- Phases 1 & 2

Phase 1:

Planning permission for 79 dwellings granted in January 2017.

The site is located to the Northern edge of Ansley in Warwickshire. The Northern boundary opens to fields, with more fields and a substantial area of allotment gardens to the West. To the Southern boundary are the existing residential areas Croft Mead and Nuthurst Crescent.

The site amounts to 3.19 hectares (7.88 acres)

In January 2015 a promotion agreement with the landowner was completed and an outline application submitted in the June for the development of up to 79 dwellings.

In November that year the application was recommended for refusal at planning committee. The Council claimed that they had identified sufficient land available for residential development to meet the five year requirement plus 20% current land supply, quoting a 7.5 year housing land supply. As a result, the application was refused.

In May 2016 a planning appeal was submitted and a 3 day public inquiry was carried out. Muller also submitted an appeal for costs.

The Council went on to argue a 9.4 year housing supply in January of the following year. This was found to be unsound and the inspector agreed with Muller’s arguments, concluding that their five year housing supply figure was closer to 3.5 years supply. Consequently, on 6th January 2017, the planning appeal was allowed and outline planning permission granted for 79 residential units.

 

 

Phase 2:

Planning permission for residential development of up to 70 dwellings obtained in July 2018.

The site amounts to 1.988 hectares (4.9 acres) and is located to the northern edge of Ansley in North Warwickshire. The eastern boundary is defined by the Phase I land which was approved for 79 dwellings in January 2017.

In July that year, Muller submitted an outline application for a residential development of up to 70 dwellings. The application was recommended for approval and went to Planning Committee in October. Despite the recommendation for approval, the application was refused.

An appeal was submitted and refused in November that year.

The following May (2018) an appeal was heard during which the council withdrew from the appeal.

Following a second appeal against North Warwickshire Council in the July, Muller secured planning for up to 70 homes on phase II of the site. Muller has now secured overall planning for 149 homes across the two phases of this site.

Muller is at an advanced stage of agreeing a sale to a social housing provider who will submit detailed planning applications in due course and then move on to build the houses. Forty per cent of the new homes will fall into the category of affordable housing.