Ledbury Sustainable Urban Extension approved
26 March 2021
BWB are pleased to announce that the proposed new residential development of c.625 dwellings with 3ah of employment land to the north of Ledbury town centre has been approved.
After an initial refusal of the scheme at planning committee, there was good news in the form of a successful appeal with the Planning Inspector and Secretary of State now confirming that it has been granted approval. This approval is a major step forward in helping the Local Planning Authority meet it’s required housing supply and providing much needed housing for the local community.
As part of this project BWB provided a number of key advisory services to help secure outline planning permission including flood risk, drainage, topographical survey, noise, air and geo-environmental services as well as additional support throughout the duration of the planning appeal process.
This site proved a complex challenge particularly in regard to flooding and transport, the latter of which BWB also provided support with the initial planning application.
Local residents voiced concerns regarding the potential flood risk of the site and the impact of the proposed housing on flood risk in the town. To help alleviate these concerns and identify any potential areas of concern, we recommended and undertook hydraulic modelling of the surrounding River Leadon to confirm flood extents at the site, working in close consultation with the Environment Agency (EA). This work resulted in floodplain extents being agreed with the EA, and all development located outside of the modelled floodplain as well as minimum Finished Floor Levels (FFLs) for all new developments agreed.
Our team also provided advice in regard to the noise and air quality assessment of the scheme, specifically addressing potential noise sources from the existing industrial estate that sits to the east of the schemes site and with respect to air quality locally as a result of the proposed new traffic generation from the scheme. Recommendations were made by BWB for arrangements to be made that ensure the employment land would form a suitable buffer to the proposed residential development to the industrial estate and that the scheme provided sufficient mitigation to offset potential impacts on air quality.
This exciting development will provide quality housing, as well as substantive new green space, the potential for a new restored canal corridor and associated improved pedestrian and cycle way links proving a beneficial project for the wider community of Ledbury.
BWB’s Director for the Birmingham office, Stuart Nelmes said: “This development has been both interesting and challenging, but one we have been proud to support Bloor Homes with over a number of years. We’re pleased to see the scheme is now set to gain planning approval ready to deliver much needed homes in the region.”