Yorkshire Televisions Emmerdale Farm set
I acted for securing planning permission for Yorkshire Television in respect of the new Emmerdale Farm village to be located in the Green Belt around Leeds and which was also set in the grounds of Harewood House, which is a grade 1 listed building and the parkland and gardens were also heavily protected.
The application was not called in and there were no judicial reviews - although the "fraud squad" was asked to investigate (and found nothing amiss).
Key issues included:
- Green belt and very special circumstances.
- The vital importance of design quality;
- The section 106 package that included substantial contributions towards necessary improvements in the parkland, especially fabric repairs to Harewood Castle (a 15th century semi-derelict castle in the grounds of Harewood House).
- Visitor benefits.
- Job creation.
The original guru on planning and all things CPO was a guy called Paul Winter. He's since left Eversheds and set up on his own. I think he's the best planning lawyer/adviser in London.
Alison Nimmo CBE (former Director of Design and Regeneration at the Olympic Delivery Authority and currently Chief Executive at the Crown Estate).