Clitheroe

Background

This is a 12.3 acre greenfield site located on the edge of Clitheroe in Lancashire.

As the site was a greenfield one that was located outside the settlement boundary, Ribble Valley Borough Council originally opposed the site's development.

We therefore employed a two-pronged approach to secure planning permission.

Local Plan promotion

Firstly, we promoted the site through the council's new Local Plan. That included reviewing and critiquing the proposed new policies with a particular focus on the number of new homes that were required. We also submitted evidence emphasising that the borough's housing need could not be met without using greenfield sites. As the largest settlement in the borough, we argued that Clitheroe should accommodate the largest proportion of those new homes. Those efforts culminated with our participation at the public inquiry considering whether the new Local Plan was suitable for adoption.

Planning application

At the same time, we prepared an outline planning application for up to 140 new homes on the site. ThisĀ focused on proving that the council was unable to demonstrate an adequate supply of delivering housing land to meet their needs for the next five years, as required by national planning policy. Without a five-year supply, national policy is clear that the council's policies for the supply of housing are considered out-of-date and applications for sustainable developments should be approved.

After some debate, the council accepted our arguments and the application was approved.

Selling the site

Following the grant of planning permission, we prepared a detailed technical pack including information on ground conditions and drainage. This supported an extensive marketing exercise and ensured that all the offers we received fully reflected the actual costs of development. After a series of interviews with interested parties to maximise their offers, the regional developer Story Homes was selected as the preferred bidder.

Story Homes purchased the site in two phases, the first in late-2015 and the second in mid-2017. They are now developing it out as Pendleton Grange.

Our successful sale of the site was widely covered in the property press, including articles in Place North West, The Business Desk, and Insider Magazine.