From: Gillian Bernadt
Sent: 07 April 2009 11:37
Cc: Julia Worboys
Subject: RE: Enquiry Concorde Village - Hounslow
you for your email. Please see the answers to your questions below.
- PP have
not submitted an application for planning permission. However, DLP
Planning (acting for Profitable Plots) carried out consultation with the
public in about September 2008. They also met with planning officers at
- It would be very unlikely that
Hounslow Council would give planning permission for development in the
Green Belt. This was explained to DLP Planning at their meeting with
planning officers. The Borough’s development plan (the Unitary
Development Plan, 2003 and the London Plan, 2008) outline that any
development would need to show very special circumstances, to justify its
inappropriateness in the Green Belt. It should also be noted that The
Secretary of State would attach substantial weight to the harm to Green
Belt when considering planning applications or appeals (Planning Policy
Guidance 2: Green Belts, para 3.2). The approach
to Green Belt and development is set out in three levels of policy
guidance: at the national level Planning Policy Guidance 2: Green Belts;
at the regional level in the London Plan (2008), which outlines the
intention for London’s growth to take place within its existing
urban boundaries and without encroaching on open space; and at the local
level in the Council’s Unitary Development Plan (2003). All of these
documents can be found online.
- The ‘if’ in your
question is important and should be considered in relation to local and
regional circumstances. Hounslow has sufficient alternative brownfield
land for the foreseeable future to meet its development needs (both for
housing and commercial/ industrial uses) and targets set out in the London
Plan. Evidence can be provided of this. There is therefore not an
anticipated need for the development of this land, as Green Belt, and
demonstrating very special circumstances for development may be difficult.
- As outlined in my answer to 2. it would be very unlikely that planning permission
would be given. Any application would be considered on its merits and in
relation to the evidence provided by the applicant,
however this will need to be considered in accordance to the planning
policies and development context outlined above.
- The prospect of planning
permission in 2010 and 2011 would be very unlikely, noting that a planning
application has not yet been submitted to the Council.
information, the Council is in the process of producing a new development plan,
the Local Development Framework, which is gradually replacing the UDP. The main
element of this will be the Core Strategy, which will cover Green Belt
designation and policies and will be consulted upon early in 2010. The Core
Strategy will be informed be a review of the Green Belt boundary, which will
identify and deal with any anomalies in the Green Belt whilst ensuring the
integrity and permanence of the Green Belt is maintained. Although this is to be
confirmed, and linking to the policy guidance and point 3 above, it is
currently not expected that there would be a change to the Green Belt
designation in the area of this site.
above points outline Hounslow Council’s approach to development on this
site, which I hope will be of assistance to you in considering its investment
London Borough of Hounslow
Sent: 05 April 2009 11:39
Subject: Enquiry Concorde Village - Hounslow
I am residing in Singapore and am on the verge of
buying 47 plots.
What I would like to know about the Concorde Village,
Hounslow green belt land 'aquired' by Profitable
Plots (PP) ;-
- Has PP submitted
applications for planning permission?
- Does the Hounslow Planning
Department give planning permission if the land is green belt?
your Planning Department, if it needs the land, grant permission
to build if you have no alternative land?
- Even though it is difficult
for you to say, can you give me a rough estimate, if you are considering
Planning permission on the above titled subject a) No chance b) Good
chance c) Consideration only even though a green belt.
- If based on the information
given to me by PP, the likelihood of Planning Permission is likely to be
2010 or 2011. Is this likely to be a fair statement or not?
I am about to pay British pounds 253,125 next week, so
I would very much would appreciate it if you could give me some facts and even
your thoughts on which way I need to move or whether in fact I should continue
Thank you in advance for your time and much valued
Many thanks and kind regards
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