Planning Permission for The Asps
Acting on behalf of Barwood Strategic Land II, HOW Planning had a pivotal role in securing planning permission on appeal for The Asps, a 56 hectare greenfield site located on the southern edge of Warwick and close to the Grade 1 Listed Warwick Castle
The scheme will deliver up to 900 dwellings, 40% of which will be affordable, a primary school, a local centre, and a Park and Ride facility for up to 500 car parking spaces. Despite the Inspector’s recommendation for refusal, the Secretary of State allowed the appeal and has granted planning permission ensuring the scheme will be delivered without delay, providing a significant boost to housing supply in Warwick.
In granting planning permission, the Secretary of State has given very significant weight to HOW’s evidence on housing supply. Moreover, working with Barwood and the wider consultant team, HOW successfully demonstrated there will be significant economic and social benefits to be delivered by the scheme, including the new Park and Ride facility that will help to reduce vehicular traffic in the Warwick and Leamington area.
The layout of the site has also been heavily influenced by heritage and landscape considerations with 40% dedicated to open space, ensuring biodiversity and environmental benefits to the local area.
Says Richard Barton at HOW Planning: “We worked very closely with our client and statutory consultees to ensure that the plans for The Asps took all environmental and social considerations into account. The proposals will help create a high quality and thriving new community, building on the objectives of the Council’s Local Plan and the decision taken by the Secretary of State ensures the site can now be delivered without delay.”
It is expected The Asps will also create a significant number of new jobs both in the construction industry during the build phase and associated retail employment with the finalisation of the retail centre.
Success with this scheme follows HOW’s previous work with Barwood for a 2,500 home urban extension in Barwell, Leicestershire. HOW has now secured planning permission for over 3400 homes and will shortly be submitting an application on its behalf for an urban extension to the west of Northampton for the Northampton based developer.