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Planning Team successfully advise on appeal for Miller Homes

Walker Morris lawyers advise on four successful planning appeals in three months

Specialist planning and environment lawyers at Walker Morris have successfully advised Miller Homes on an appeal for planning permission for a development in South Leeds.

John Wilde, Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, granted permission for the proposed development of 129 dwellings in Carlton, nr Wakefield.

Leeds City Council initially refused permission on the grounds that the appeal site was not an appropriate location for the development and was subject to safeguarding policies that proscribed its development. However, in his judgment, the Inspector commented that “the scheme would provide both market and affordable homes in a district that, notwithstanding the advanced status of the emerging SAP, cannot presently demonstrate a five year supply of housing”. He added, “the provision of these homes would be a positive factor in respect of the social element of sustainability”. The development of the site, part of which comprised dilapidated buildings formally used by a local rhubarb growing business, presented an excellent opportunity for reinvestment in the business and a sustainable scheme, including enhancements to the local bus service and additional pedestrian safety measures.

Miller Homes was advised by Rob Moore, Director and Andrew Williamson (advocate), Consultant both from the Walker Morris Planning & Environment Team.

Rob Moore commented:

“We’re delighted at the outcome of the appeal for Miller Homes. It follows a successful run for the Walker Morris team having also advised on successful appeals for Persimmon Homes, Hallam Land and in the last three months alone.”

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 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.