Preparation of evidence for planning appeal, Attendance at planning appeal.
Fylde Borough Council appointed Randall Thorp to assist them with a conjoined planning appeal for four separate planning applications around the village of Wrea Green.
Dick Longdin prepared evidence in respect of the impact upon landscape and townscape character and views. He attended the Planning Inquiry for two weeks as expert witness for the Local Planning Authority and was cross examined by all four developer teams.
The Planning Inspector’s report agreed with the Randall Thorp evidence that there would be detrimental impact on landscape and townscape character and views (at varying levels) for each scheme. The Inspector found in favour of our client and all four appeals were refused.
"I conclude that the proposed development would adversely affect the character and appearance of the area. It would not represent an appropriate change in this location, and would be in conflict with ... the NPPF which encourages developments to be sympathetic to local character and history including the surrounding built environment and landscape setting, .... In particular the harmful effect on the landscape of the site and its surroundings merits significant weight, as does the erosion of visual amenity in views."Report by Richard Clegg
(Agreeing with Randall Thorp's evidence on behalf of the LPA)