Residential Development in Green Belt, Near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Local Authority



  • Agriculture and Rural
  • Residential
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Planning permission secured for five new homes on previously developed land in the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Client Octagon Developments Limited
Architect Ascot Design Limited
Author Jonathan Jarman

Project Overview

Bell Cornwell has secured planning permission for the erection of five dwellings on previously developed land in the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The process followed the scheme from pre-application discussions with the council, through to making the formal planning application on behalf of Octagon Developments Limited. Despite its countryside location, we were able to demonstrate that the resulting increase in total built floorspace, compared to the existing commercial use, would not harm the openness of the Green Belt.

As well as being Green Belt and AONB, the site was also constrained by noise from the nearby A41 dual carriageway, but also by an adjoining ancient woodland. Even so, it was shown that these constraints did not prevent the site’s redevelopment, but rather that the removal of the existing commercial use would lead to environmental benefits, which weighed in favour of the development proposal.

Key to the application’s success was the Council’s willingness to allow open discussion about the proposal from the pre-application through to the final decision stage. Whilst several tweaks were needed to be made to the design, whilst maintaining a careful balance with the client’s requirement, the final scheme reflected what was expected of this sensitive rural location.

Image Credit – Ascot Design Limited.

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