Go ahead for much-needed new village homes

4th August, 2020

Pro Vision has secured support on behalf of a private client for a village housing development near Gloucester.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s development control committee on July 21 resolved to approve eight new homes, including three affordable for rent/shared ownership, on a greenfield site at the edge of Maisemore.

At just over a hectare, the scheme includes a green open space with 580m2 of wildflower/species rich grassland to maximise biodiversity, a pond, play area, new and restored field boundary hedges, native tree and shrub planting.

Pro Vision made a compelling case that this site was an opportunity to boost housing land supply in line with the National Planning Policy Framework’s (NPPF) presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Recommending the outline application for approval, the planning officer said in the committee report that benefits of the development “demonstrably outweigh” any harms identified, noting the site was outside the village boundary but designed to integrate successfully with the built-up area.

He said: “The delivery of market and affordable housing would provide an important social benefit, especially in the context of a housing supply shortfall.”

In a speech to the virtual committee meeting, James Iles, director of Pro Vision, said the scheme had been thoughtfully designed to provide a “soft, informal edge to the village with a generous green space.”

He said: “Minimising environmental impact has been a key focus. All significant trees are retained and while there is a small loss of hedgerow, this is more than compensated for with the significant level of new native planting.”

Councillors made a resolution to approve the project subject to completion of a Section 106 Legal Agreement to secure affordable housing.

Pro Vision provides planning, urban design and ecology services.