New Year and a New Consent Granted for 100% Affordable Housing


A proposal to redevelop a long vacant and neglected public house for affordable housing has been granted consent by the Planning Inspectorate at Appeal.

The development proposed the demolition of the Hare and Hounds Public House, which had been vacant for around 13 years, and the creation of 34 new affordable dwellings in the form of apartments and semi-detached properties. Just to add to the complexities of the case, the public house included a former bowling green, the loss of which requires special justification.

Despite an officers recommendation of approval the scheme was refused at Birmingham City Council planning committee prior to the general election last year.

A robust appeal was submitted by Brooke Smith Planning which included expert evidence to counter objections on highways and noise.

The Inspector agreed that the Framework sets out a presumption in favour of sustainable development and the redevelopment of the site would increase the choice of housing available in the area. As well as making a significant contribution to the provision of affordable housing.

Kingstanding RoadIt would bring a site which has been vacant for some considerable time back into economically beneficial use and would not result in any demonstrable harm to highway safety nor would it materially affect the living conditions of the neighbouring residents. Furthermore the design and layout of the scheme was considered appropriate to its context and would not harm the character or appearance of the area.