Mr R House
East Devon District Council
Bell Cornwell assisted the owner of Woodbury Business Park in securing retrospective planning permission for the change of use of agricultural land to B8 (Storage and Distribution) uses to enable the storage of caravans, boats other vehicles and materials at land to the south-west of the main Business Park. The approved operations comprised a further expansion of the existing Woodbury Business Park detached from the main site.
Bell Cornwell have had a long association with this site having previously secured planning permission for the conversion of a number of listed barns to business and the expansion of the Business Park.
The initial concerns were that the development was perceived to be in open countryside and that it was separated from the main Business Park development. Through engagement with the officers, Bell Cornwell put forward the business case for the use based upon the lack of availability of commercial space within the existing Business Park and the economic benefits of retaining the commercial operations of the site. The Council accepted that on balance the benefits to the economy outweighed their concerns over the landscape impact, bearing in mind that the site represented the best option for expansion of the Business Park.