Alison Ogley advises Gascoines Group in successful appeal

Application for permission to develop land Print news article


Walker Morris planning and environment specialist, Alison Ogley, has successfully acted for Gascoines Group Ltd to secure planning permission for a new residential development in Burniston, Scarborough.

Alison (who is qualified as a Solicitor and a Barrister) acted as the appellant’s advocate in the successful planning appeal against Scarborough Borough Council.

Flood risk and drainage were the key issues in dispute, with the local planning authority refusing permission and defending the appeal despite having no technical evidence on its own. The Inspector concluded the Council’s refusal was unreasonable and awarded full costs in favour of the Appellant.

The development site was allocated in the up to date development plan for the Council and the grant of permission by the Inspector will now allow the site to make a material contribution to delivering much needed market and affordable housing in the district.

Alison Ogley, Partner at Walker Morris, commented:

“We are very pleased with the outcome of the planning appeal for Gascoines Group. The Council’s refusal of this scheme was plainly unreasonable. It is particularly frustrating for developers who are committed to bringing schemes forward quickly to be refused permission on unsubstantiated technical grounds, especially where the site has been allocated for development. This is a clear example of the local planning authority frustrating the aims and objectives of National and local planning policy, and delaying the grant of planning permission for much needed housing by well over a year.”

The Walker Morris Planning Team is recognised nationally by the independent guides to the legal profession being ranked in Tier 1 by both Legal 500 and Chambers. The Team is also ranked as a ‘National Leader outside London’ by Chambers. The Team was also ranked 7th in the ‘Highest Rated Planning Law Firms’ for 2018 in the national annual Planning Law Survey, having consistently achieved high national rankings in the past.

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