Director of Carver Knowles, Julie Newton, is delighted to confirm that outline planning consent has been granted by Cotswold District Council for a three dwelling site together with village car park in Ebrington near Chipping Campden. In planning terms this site was outside of the village development boundary and within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Proposed development layout

The decision is the result of 5 years of liaison with both local stakeholders, the Parish Council and the District Council to achieve suitable development on this edge of village site. The car park was the lynchpin to the success of the application as the village had a desperate shortage of off street parking. A financial enabling case was submitted as part of the planning application to confirm that the houses were required to fund the development of the car park and this was considered a reasonable development on all fronts.

Julie comments ‘this application has succeeded as the landowner has been able to provide a much needed benefit to the village and should be considered as a good result for all.’ The landlords of The Ebrington Arms worked together with us to secure this development. This included the provision of a footpath to enable pedestrians to walk from the new car park into the centre of the village. This agreement has been tied up in a Section 106 agreement with Cotswold District Council which also secures the long term public use of the car park.

The outline consent includes the development of one 2 bed house, one 3 bed house and one four bed house in a courtyard type layout, however the details will need to be agreed at the reserved matters stage. The small scale nature of the development also means that the three dwellings to be built will all be available on the open market.

First impression of development

The proposed access has been agreed and is considered safe and suitable by Gloucestershire Highways.

Early engagement with key stakeholders was critical to the success of this planning application and despite being initially against planning policy the will of the local stakeholders ensured this development could go ahead. This also shows that s.106 obligations need not be limited to financial contributions or the provision of affordable housing, but can be tailored to the needs of the local community to achieve the golden ticket of sustainability.

The property is now offered for sale on the open market and all enquiries should be directed to Julie Newton of Carver Knowles on 01684 853400 or