Wrexham Industrial Estate Planning Appeal
Acting for Kingmoor Park Properties Ltd, HOW planning won a major planning appeal in North Wales. The proposal was for a 37,160 sq m warehouse building on a greenfield site on the edge of the Wrexham Industrial Estate, in open countryside.
The appeal took place at the end of June 2013 and in a fast track decision the Inspector granted planning permission for the development in August of the same year.
The Inspector found that the scheme would cause significant harm to the local landscape, and would be dominant in its setting, though this could be mitigated. She also concluded that it conflicted with the approved Development Plan for the area on a number of counts. However the potential job creation in an area with pockets of severe deprivation; the new investment; economic growth and lack of other suitable sites were all regarded as of overriding importance.
The decision represented an important step as one of the first appeals for major economic development in Wales since the Welsh Government reviewed its planning policy guidance to emphasise the importance of encouraging jobs and economic growth in planning decisions.
The Inspector was persuaded that the weight to be attached to these factors significantly offset the conflict with the UDP and the other harm that she identified, and was happy to grant permission because of the compelling economic benefits of the scheme.