Project overview

Client: Story Homes
Location: Lancaster
Sector: Residential
Project status: Planning approved

What we did

PWA Planning gained outline planning consent for 90 dwellings on a site near Lancaster that was not allocated for housing within the Lancaster local plan. This required detailed consultation with the local authority and other stakeholders.

PWA Planning was retained by Story Homes to progress an outline planning application for 90 dwellings at a site in Halton, Lancaster. The agricultural land was not allocated for housing within the Lancaster local plan. The challenge was therefore to demonstrate the proposed scheme represented sustainable development and was acceptable in light of the council’s lack of a 5-year housing land supply. This was achieved through the submission of a robust planning statement and ongoing discussions with the council.

PWA was responsible for the public consultation process, including an open evening to inform local residents about the scheme. PWA collated feedback which fed into the proposed scheme and was reported in the Statement of Community Involvement which PWA prepared.

Working with Story Homes, PWA negotiated the S106 contributions, including affordable housing provision, education contributions and playing pitch improvements for use by the local community.

In addition, the development included a substantial amount of public open space which is something that local residents were keen to see. The application went before planning committee with a recommendation for approval and was approved unanimously by members in May 2017. Since then a Reserved Matters application for the scheme has been approved.

What our client said

“Story Homes would highly recommend PWA Planning. They provided a professional, efficient service helping Story bring forward a sensitive site in advance of anticipated timescales.”

Martin Nugent, Land and Planning Associate, Story Homes