This landmark decision is a first on a number of counts. As far as we are aware it is the first time that the regional policy (which anticipates exceptional circumstances) has been used, secondly, it is highly unusual for Natural England to come to an inquiry in support of a development, and finally it also demonstrated that the perceived impacts of residential development within 400m of the Thames Basin Heaths can be mitigated in certain circumstances.
Securing residential development for Bramshill House was a major achievement.
Baker Consultants played a key role in turning around Natural England’s initial objection to the scheme into active support for the development at the inquiry.
City & Country’s Associated Director