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Rabley Wood

Rabley Wood


RCC was asked by the Manton Estate to work with Jeremy Browne Associates on a proposed development in Marlborough. The proposal involved the development of a current council owned open space/play area for housing whilst compensatory open space was provided on adjacent land owned by the estate. The development site and the compensatory open space can be seen in the attached photographs.

Once the initial promotion agreement work was completed with the council, RCC were able to initiate the planning process which involved; a formal pre-application enquiry to the planning department, community involvement work (including a public exhibition) and then preparation and submission of the planning application. This was an extremely complex and lengthy process and we brought in and managed a wide range of other consultants, including; architects, landscape architects, ecologists, highway engineers and drainage engineers.

A comprehensive planning application was submitted and the attached drawings show the proposed illustrative layout and sections. One of the viewpoints from the landscape impact report is also provided. Objections were received from some local residents and also from the Town Council. Extensive negotiations were required. Those negotiations were successful and officers presented the proposal to the planning committee with a recommendation of approval.


Unfortunately Councillors on the Planning Committee decide to refuse the application contrary to the recommendation. RCC were therefore instructed to submit an appeal against the refusal to the Planning Inspectorate which was successful and we were delighted when the Inspector overturned the refusal and allowed the appeal.

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Francine Falco, Rowde

Thank you so much for dealing with my planning application and I just want to say what a fantastic job you have done.  Quick and efficient and I would highly recommend RCC. 

Mr Askins, Wiltshire

Following work to the perimeter of our Grade II listed property we were informed by Wiltshire Council that we needed planning permission. We applied for retrospective planning permission and engaged RCC to advise us and take the process forward. Thanks to their professionalism, knowledge, expertise and persistence, having been initially objected to, RCC secured permission. We are in no doubt that without RCC we could not have secure a successful outcome.

Mr & Mrs Sealy,Melksham

Having bought the land and used it as an extension of our garden for well over 10 years without any concerns from neighbours or the council, we were quite shocked and upset to be facing a complaint earlier this year. With the welfare of our animals tied up in the success of the applications, the period was very stressful and emotional. Richard and Vicky led us through the process with great care and attention to detail and produced a very high quality set of applications based on sound arguments which was borne out in them being approved at first submission without any concerns raised by the planning officer.

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