Track Records

Expert Witness 

01

The Heights,_Haslemere_Urbà 
 

client

Twist Development  

Project

The Heights, Haslemere 

Challenge

The client had five separate planning applications refused for the site, and had decided to submit a joint appeal to challenge the Council’s decisions. The applications were for the redevelopment of a former school site to provide up to 25 dwellings (mix of houses and flats). The client’s original viability consultant had challenged the level of affordable housing due to the abnormal costs involved in bringing forward a brownfield sloping site. The client’s original viability consultant was unable to proceed with the project at the appeal stage.

process

Whilst at AspinallVerdi Stuart Cook, Director at Urbà was instructed to act as an Expert Witness to support the viability case. Stuart worked with the client to find supporting evidence on the areas of disagreement. In doing so, Stuart referred to best practice set out in RICS Financial Viability in Planning and DCLG (now MHCLG) S106 Review and Appeal and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG).

Result

Stuart drafted a Proof of Evidence which set out robust evidence to support the appeal. A Statement of Common Ground was agreed prior to the hearing.

 

02

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client

Bromley Borough Council

Project

Maybrey Works, Sydenham

Challenge

The appellant was seeking to redevelop the site for a residential mixed-use residential scheme with ground floor commercial space. The council had refused the application on the basis, amongst other things, of resisting losing the existing employment nature of the site.

process

Whilst at AspinallVerdi Stuart Cook, Director at Urbà was instructed along with Peter Brett Associates (now Stantec) to act as Expert Witnesses to support the council’s argument. Stuart assessed the industrial market, providing analysis of current vacancy, demand, market balance and viability.

Result

Stuart found that the industrial market in the borough was extremely tight and there was viable demand for the continued use of the site for employment. Stuart presented his Statement of Case and provided evidence at the Public Inquiry.