Mixed Housing Scheme in East Budleigh, East Devon
Acting on behalf of Clinton Devon Estates, the Exeter office has recently secured approval for the construction of a mixed affordable and market housing scheme in the village of East Budleigh in East Devon.
Being within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the scheme was designed with considerable care and over a long period of time. In addition to the normal complexities associated securing permission for a development in an AONB, it was also necessary to do a comprehensive piece of work to justify the affordable housing provision including carrying out a full housing needs survey of the area and engaging with, and challenging, the emerging neighbourhood plan for the area which sought to place considerable restrictions on the scope for any development in the area.
By ensuring that there was a robust case in place to show a need for the affordable housing and that land was appropriate for development, it was possible to secure alterations to the neighbourhood plan and thereby successfully make the case for the scheme at planning committee.