Appeal Success at Ratby


Location: Land at Desford Lane, Ratby

Background: CSA provided heritage, archaeology, landscape, ecology and masterplanning services to inform an outline planning application.

Outline planning permission was granted, on appeal, for 225 dwellings on a greenfield site at Desford Lane, Ratby. The new homes have been located to relate strongly to the existing settlement of Ratby. The more elevated parts of the Site (near the northern Site boundary) are proposed to be of lower density to the remainder of the Site.

The development and internal road layout has been designed to create view corridors towards the Church of St Philip and St James from the existing footpath on Site, anchoring the proposals to its neighbouring townscape and context.

CSA also completed a range of wildlife surveys, mostly related to the boundary ditches to ensure that these habitats and any protected/notable species would be protected alongside the development. It was also demonstrated that a biodiversity net gain could be achieved at the Site with new wetland, woodland and grassland planting providing increased diversity compared to the baseline.

CSA prepared a Heritage Assessment which considered archaeological potential and the setting of designated heritage assets. The Site is located in an area of known prehistoric and Roman activity c. 1km south-east of a possible Iron Age hillfort and c. 500m south of a Roman road. Geophysical survey within the Site did not identify any anomalies of likely archaeological interest. The archaeological potential will be addressed by way of a planning condition.

The Site is within the setting of the Grade II* listed Church of St Philip and St James, and Ratby Conservation Area. It was agreed that development would result in less than substantial harm to the significance of these heritage assets.

CSA provided heritage expert witness services at the appeal and the Inspector concluded that “the public benefits of the development would easily outweigh the very limited harm caused to the significance of both the church and the conservation area”.