Hopkins Developments Ltd
Residential site for up to 44 dwellings and public open space
Land at Bayford Hill, Wincanton
Located on the eastern edge of Wincanton, the site slopes downwards from the main road at Bayford Hill which meant there were panoramic views over towards the Blackmore Vale, a distinctive landscape character area. Unfortunately although significant work was undertaken by our landscape consultants South Somerset District Council members overturned an officer recommendation to permit and refused the application.
We were therefore instructed to undertake an appeal which demonstrated that the site was highly sustainable and the proposed illustrative layout demonstrated how the majority of views from Bayford Hill road across the Blackmore Vale could be retained after the development was implemented. The Inspector agreed with our evidence that the site was highly sustainable and that the key views could be retained in any future design for a reserved matters application.
Subsequently, after an appeal hearing, the site was granted permission in January 2015. Following the sale of the land to a new applicant, we have now submitted the reserved matters application on their behalf and a decision is anticipated towards the end of 2017.
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