We advised a developer on a planning application for 120 units along with community facilities, office space, a care home and retail units on a greenfield site which was initially refused. It was appealed and we acted at the public inquiry and a later successful s.288 challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision at the High Court- Woodcock Holdings Limited v Secretary of State [2015] EWHC 1173. The Secretary of State refused it for a second time and again it was challenged; by consent order the Secretary of State agreed to quash that decision.

Whilst awaiting the re-determination by the Secretary of State we have also advised on a strategy to ensure that some short term value is gained for the site by advising on potential applications for a smaller number of units whilst preserving the option to apply for more at later dates.