HJA successfully supported local developer W H White Ltd to make the case for a significant employment development in a new business park on contested land at North Poole. The business park will provide a series of substantial development plots to meet the needs of large industrial occupiers, which are in short supply in the local economy. However, the application site was not allocated for employment uses within the existing development plan and the proposals were therefore contra-policy. As a safeguarded site for future employment development there was potential for the approval of the development.
HJA demonstrated the critical need for the development to support the sustainable economic growth of the sub-regional economy and to retain key employers in the area. HJA’s analysis combined detailed assessments of future land requirements and available supply. This evidenced the negative economic impacts associated with a failure to make large development ready plots available in the commercial market.
The site was originally refused planning permission at the committee stage (on policy grounds, which led to an appeal by the developer. HJA prepared robust evidence and acted as an expert witness at the appeal hearing.
The appeal was successful, and in his reasons for allowing the appeal the Inspector referred to our work on the economic impact of the proposed development, our evidence on the need for the development, and the restricted supply in the local area.