Developer to appeal after council rejects business park expansion

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Following a recent decision by Amber Valley borough councillors to reject plans to extend Denby Hall Business Park we are planning to appeal on behalf of the applicant.

With 60,000 square metres of floor space, the extension to Denby Hall Business Park would create 680 new jobs as well as safeguarding 100 more in the first 5 years of the development going ahead.

Councillors and residents said safeguarding jobs and boosting the local economy did not justify construction on protected green belt land, which was formerly a colliery. This decision was against the recommendations of council officers.

We believe that the council’s decision is wrong and we have recommended that our client goes to appeal. The proposals represent a major investment in a sustainable location and the view of planning professionals is that the development should go ahead.

Defending a planning appeal could cost the council thousands of pounds. This could increase much further if government planning inspectors mandate that the council pay the developer’s appeal costs.

Jonathan Jenkin, Managing Director of Planning Design, acting as agent for the applicants, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “We were disappointed by the decision the planning board made last night to refuse planning permission.

“We put forward a very good case that had the support of planning officers. Developing in the green belt is not taken lightly. We were able to show that there are very special circumstances that outweigh the harm to the Green Belt.

“There are no reasonable alternative sites and this was confirmed by the council’s own independent report.

“The minimum amount of green belt land would be used; the project would create and protect 780 jobs and it would create a world leading indigenous and green manufacturing facility.”

Planning and Design Practice Ltd has extensive experience of the appeals system and can take forward written representation; informal hearing and full public inquiries. We also can deal with all types of enforcement action.

A planning appeal is there to allow the opportunity for an independent inspector to review the decision that was made by the Planning Authority and to assess it purely on its planning merits. Both the applicant and objectors can attend the Inquiry ad all points of view will be taken into account.

For more information about the appeals handling process, the types of procedure or to discuss your own case please get in touch.

Main Image: Derby Telegraph

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