Permission in Principle (PiP) was sought from Tewkesbury Borough Council for up to six dwellings on land in the village of Gretton to the north of Cheltenham. The PiP (link to: Permission in Principle applications: support for developers – SF Planning) route was introduced in June 2018 with the intention to provide a fast-track route through the planning process in order to speed up housing delivery.
The site technically falls in the ‘countryside’ in planning policy terms, because of its position outside of any settlement development boundary. The site also lies within the Cotswold AONB where national policy seeks to restrict harmful development.
Gretton is a thriving village that has a good level of services for a settlement of its size, including a primary school, village hall, recreation ground, public house and a church. The larger settlements of Winchcombe and Bishops Cleeve are easily accessible from the village.
Despite the above, planning permission was initially denied. However, we appealed against this decision and permission in principle has now been granted. A great result all round!
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