Planning History & Policy Background

The site obtained planning permission on 13th July 2022 (planning reference 20/1397/FH). It is therefore concluded that the principle of residential development has been accepted in this area in line with the site’s allocation for residential development within the Places and Policies Local Plan (2020) at Policy ND4 – ‘Land East of Broad Street, Lyminge’.

Policy ND4 identifies the Site as being suitable for residential development for an estimated capacity of 30no. dwellings. Following discussions with FHDC, it has been advised that subject to the ‘right scheme’ coming forward, the number of dwellings could increase up to circa 50no.

At this stage, it is important note the additional benefits of the new proposal compared with the previous approval:

  • 10 Affordable housing units (4 additional to the original permission);
  • Smaller units ranging from 1 bedroom to 5-bedroom dwellings with a reduced price point, changing from executive homes to more traditional family homes;
  • Increase in the Community Infrastructure Levy payment (a charge which can be levied by local authorities on new development in their area. It is an important tool for local authorities to use to help them deliver the infrastructure needed to support development in their area); and
  • Increase in the Section 106 agreement contributions (legal agreements between local planning authorities and developers; these are linked to planning permissions and can also be known as planning obligations).