There are occasions when the planning system makes a challenge out of very simple proposals.

In this case, Salmon Harvester Properties wished to redevelop a strategically well located former fork lift truck depot in Hook, Hampshire with speculative industrial and warehouse units.  This was in circumstances where there was a identified shortage of such accommodation in the district and the site was ideally suited to such use.

As is often the case with industrial estates, access to the site was down a private estate road which had worked perfectly satisfactorily for many decades.  When the application was submitted, Hampshire County Council as highway authority and Hart District Council as planning authority decided it was only acceptable if the existing access was upgraded.  Unfortunately, whilst the site benefited from rights to repair and maintain the access road, there were no powers to improve it in the way that the councils desired.

This, coupled with concerns about the density and the design of the development, led to a refusal of planning permission but, following a public inquiry, an appeal was allowed and the much needed and beneficial scheme was ultimately able to proceed.