Ridge has been involved with the case for some time; in 2014 we led and submitted the outline application, which was refused by the LPA, despite a positive officer recommendation. We then led the appeal, and following its refusal by the Secretary of State, took the case to the High Court where the SOS’s refusal was overturned. The outline application was finally approved by the SOS in 2017.
Following the SOS’s approval, the application for reserved matters was submitted to the Forest of Dean District Council. Ridge led the submission of the application which involved co-ordinating a number of consultants and overseeing their documents, holding pre-app consultations with the LPA and local residents and preparing, submitting and monitoring the application. During the decision-making process, the team were required to submit a number of amended drawings to address concerns raised.
Given the location of the site adjacent to the river, careful attention was given to the design of the proposal to take full advantage of the unique views across the river and out onto the open countryside. The scheme involved the addition of green corridors, ecology enhancements, landscape enhancements and high-quality development in term of layout and design.
Ridge is now working on the submission of an application for reserved matters for the remainder of the site.