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Land at Effingham, Surrey – Objections to Green Belt Development

Harwood Savin successfully acted on behalf of the Residents of Effingham Place in opposition to two proposals – the first for a 72-bed dementia care home, and the second for a 60-bed scheme, on land in the Green Belt, adjacent to a number of listed buildings, within the Effingham Conservation Area and outside the village of Effingham.

Advice initially involved the preparation and submission of comprehensive written objections to both schemes at the planning application stage, to Guildford Borough Council, followed by a formal presentation, in objection, to the Council’s Planning Committee.

An appeal was lodged by the applicant against the refusal of planning permission in August 2013 and Harwood Savin was appointed to represent the Residents’ interests at a Public Inquiry in November 2013, as a ‘Rule 6 Party’. As expert witness we provided detailed evidence on the material aspects of the proposal, including the impact upon the Green Belt, adjacent listed buildings, the Conservation Area, residential amenity, the need for the proposed development and the robustness of the Appellant’s case in this respect. In addition to expert witness, we also provided advocacy services on behalf of our Clients’ enabling us to cross-examine the Appellant on their case in an attempt to highlight weaknesses in their proposals. Following the Inquiry in November 2013, the Inspector on behalf of the Secretary of State, dismissed the appeal, and planning permission was refused, in January 2014.

Services provided:

• Third party representations
• Planning Appeals (expert witness and advocacy)

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