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Teddington Riverside.

Client: Barratt David Wilson

LPA: Test Valley Borough Council

  • Our team supported the redevelopment of a former Pick Your Own site in Romsey for 275 new homes and sports facilities.

  • There was latent opposition to any further development in the town, which had recently experienced a number of large scale development proposals and had an allocation in the emerging local plan for a further 1,200 new homes.

  • Our advice was to focus on garnering political and community support for the principle of the development through focussing on the scheme’s key benefit: the creation of a much needed community sports hub.

  • Crucially, the housing numbers needed to support the proposals were not a feature of the first round of engagement as they were an unknown quantity at that stage.

  • The response from the local community was one of overwhelming support and so, by the time the second round of consultation was launched – announcing the number of new homes – the development had already been broadly accepted by the local community and councillors.

  • The scheme was supported unanimously by the planning committee.

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