On his third redetermination, the Secretary of State has finally granted planning permission for a development of 120 units by our client Woodcock Holdings.  

We have advised developers, Woodcock Holdings, since 2012 on the planning application for a greenfield site in Mid Sussex that will provide 120 residential units along with community facilities, office space, a care home and retail units.

The application was first made in 2012, following a refusal it was called in; despite an Inspector recommending approval following the first public inquiry, the then Secretary of State refused permission relying on a conflict with a Neighbourhood Plan.  This decision was successfully challenged in the High Court - Woodcock Holdings Limited v Secretary of State [2015] EWHC 1173 - as it was held that para 49 of the National Planning Policy Framework also applies to draft neighbourhood planning policies, as well as adopted development plan policies.

The Secretary of State then redetermined it and again refused permission. Again we challenged this in the High Court. The Secretary of State this time consented to judgement. Back with the Secretary of State for a third time, following a re-opened public inquiry planning permission has now been granted.

Over the course of these events, planning permission for 40 units was granted on the site which was held to be one of the decisive factors in the third redetermination and alongside the continued lack of five year housing land supply outweighed other factors.

Our team was led by planning partner, Alex Ground, who instructed Christopher Boyle QC of Landmark Chambers and all property matters have been dealt with by Paul Reed.