Warboys, Cambridgeshire

Site: Land to the south east of 26 New Road, Warboys

Client: Mrs J Self

Warboys, Cambridgeshire

The Government introduced the ability to apply for Permission in Principle (PiP) in June 2018 to provide a fast-track route through the planning process, in the hope of speeding up housing delivery. The process is applicable to sites providing up to 9 units and 1000m2 of floorspace and/or a site area of 1ha of less. The first stage of the PIP route establishes whether a site is suitable in principle and the second technical details consent stage is when the detailed development proposals are assessed.

ARP successfully used the PIP consent procedure in order to promptly secure a consent for up to 6 dwellings on a site outside the built-up area of Warboys where such residential development would normally be resisted. The PIP was secured in April 2019 just prior to the adoption of the new Huntingdonshire Local Plan in May 2019. At this time the adopted development plan polices were not considered to be fully up to date or consistent with the NPPF and the ‘tilted balance' at Paragraph 11 of the NPPF was engaged. In this context, ARP put forward a case robustly demonstrating how the benefits of residential development on the site would outweigh any harms and sustainable development would result.

On the basis that the PIP consent has formally established the principle of some residential development on the site, ARP is now in the process of preparing a planning application to seek an uplift in dwellings.