Redevelopment Scheme at Former Airbase, Hemswell Court, Hemswell Cliff
West Lindsey District Council’s ‘Prosperous Communities Committee’ published a report in 2014 outlining that Hemswell Cliff should be seen as a strategic location for future growth within the district. Accordingly, the Applicant wished to obtain outline planning permission to establish the principle of development for up to 40 dwellings on the Hemswell Cliff former RAF airbase, seeing this as an opportunity to deliver one of the first phases of the wider regeneration strategy for the area.
Globe acted as the planning agent for this application, submitting an Integrated Planning Statement and working alongside a local architectural practice in formulating the design and layout of the scheme. The application was initially refused by West Lindsey District Council, though Globe were keen to appeal this decision and submitted the scheme for further assessment by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate. During this appeal, Globe was able to successfully argue that West Lindsey District Council could not demonstrate five-years’ worth of deliverable housing sites and that this site offered an ideal opportunity to deliver low cost housing much needed in the area. The Planning Inspector agreed with Globe’s view, and found that although the application site is located outside of the defined settlement curtilage for Hemswell Cliff, the site offered a sustainable location for modest levels of growth which would contribute towards the required levels of housing within the local area.
The Planning Inspector granted permission and Globe was pleased to secure outline planning permission which, with few constraints, provided the basis for the detailed design process to conclude a Reserved Matters application.