Approval of 63 new dwellings at Didcot Road, Harwell

Another planning permission under the belt for The Noble Consultancy in the Vale of White Horse.

Posted by Toby Eichler 1 week ago

The Noble Consultancy secured detailed planning permission for 63 new dwellings on behalf of Vistry Homes, associated landscaping and infrastructure. This is the first project we have provided architectural and planning support for since the merger between Bovis and Linden Homes.

As with most national housebuilders, The Noble Consultancy have a thorough understanding of Vistry’s portfolio of House types and plotting requirements.

Vistry instructed the Noble Consultancy to prepare duplicate planning application submission packs for a reserved matters application for 63 dwellings, pursuant to an Outline permission, and a Full planning application which sought to increase the number of dwellings to 76, making effective use of the land in accordance with section 11 of NPPF. Both applications were submitted concurrently for consideration. The Full application is progressing positively and will be subject to a completed S106 Legal Agreement.

The primary aim of submitting duplicate applications was to secure approval of the reserved matters with lower risk while awaiting for permission of the full application which attached a higher risk due to the nature of the full application process and legal agreement.

Proposals sought to provide plots in common between both layouts for the most part with an area identified for the uplift in numbers, ensuring continuity with the build programme and reducing the level of risk for Vistry Homes, while the 76 dwelling scheme is being determined.

This approach is one of several strategies for maximising developer return, we, at The Noble Consultancy are familiar and have had success with.

We look forward to approval of the Full application and working with Vistry Homes on the next project.

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