This was a mixed use development, including 61 residential units, hotel /restaurant and public open space. The site was allocated for development and identified as suitable for employment use and associated uses including public open space, public recreation/leisure use, structural landscaping and vehicular access. Despite opposition from the Council we developed our scheme for 61 houses and hotel on site. The broad principles for development of the site included:
- Locating the hotel on the commercial London Road site frontage nearby to other buildings of similar footprint, scale and/or massing.
- Ensuring satisfactory primary vehicular access to serve the housing use, hotel/restaurant use
- Locating proposed housing on the lower parts of the site, closest to existing housing and furthest from the proposed employment use.
- Open space and public access for recreation and leisure use to maintain the existing undeveloped main central area of the site, including the ridgeline.
- Structural landscape planting to create a buffer to existing housing in Beechenlea Lane and to protect residential amenity.
This scheme, along with similar smaller versions on the same site, was won at appeal in what was a landmark case for testing the Council’s policy.