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Planning appeal – Former ICON Building, Land west of Lytton Way, Stevenage

The Council has received notification that an appeal has been lodged with the First Secretary of State by Hill Residential Ltd, against the refusal by Stevenage Borough Council of planning application number 19/00474/FPM.

The planning application sought planning permission for the demolition of the existing office building (Use Class B1) and structures, and the construction of seven apartment buildings comprising 576 dwellings (Use Class C3) together with internal roads, parking, public open space, landscaping, drainage and associated infrastructure works.

Planning permission was refused by the Council’s Planning and Development Committee on the 3 March 2020 for the following reasons:

  1. The proposed development by virtue of its height, design and appearance would result in an incongruous form of development which would be harmful to the visual amenities of the area. The proposal would, therefore, be contrary to policies SP7, SP8 and GD1 of the Stevenage Borough Local Plan 2011-2031 and the advice in the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 and the Planning Practice Guidance 2014 relating to high quality design.
  2. The proposal comprising 576 dwellings in 7 flatted blocks on this constrained site would result in an overdevelopment of the site which would be harmful to the character and appearance of the area. The proposal would, therefore, be contrary to policies SP7, SP8 and GD1 of the Stevenage Borough Local Plan 2011-2031 and the advice in the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 and the Planning Practice Guidance 2014 relating to high quality design.
  3. The proposal would fail to provide the necessary mitigation required to deal with the impact that the proposed development would have on the demand on the infrastructure required to support the proposed development. The proposal would, therefore, be contrary to policy SP5 of the Stevenage Borough Local Plan 2011-2031.

Zayd Al-Jawad, Assistant Director, Planning and Regulation

Further information

The appeal is to be dealt with by a Public Inquiry. The procedure to be followed is set out in the Town and Country Planning Appeals (determination by Inspectors) (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000.

You can view a copy of the Planning Inspectorate’s guidance on taking part in planning appeals dealt with by an inquiry through the Planning Inspectorate website.

The Appellant’s and Council’s Statement and other supporting information are available to view on our planning application system, which can be accessed via our 'find a planning application page,' using the planning application reference number 19/00474/FPM.

When made, the decision will be published on the Planning Portal, the Council’s website and GOV.UK.