Citing a lack of a recent local plan, an inability to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, and finally that the delivery of nearly a hundred homes – 45% of which are affordable – should be given “very substantial weight”.
In closing the Inspector cited that both councils had “acute housing delivery shortages and acute affordable housing need”, and allowed the application.
If this goes unchallenged, this could set a new precedent for residential applications in the Green Belt.
We’ve pulled the data for how much Green Belt there is in the country – and where the opportunity may be:
Campaigners looking to overturn PDR changes granted Court of Appeal hearing
When the government added permitted development rights in the wake of the “Build, Build, Build” speech, it kicked off a lot of controversy. Some campaigners went to the High Court to overturn the rules, as they argued little was done in terms of a public consultation, or even in consulting with parliamentary consultation.
Grace is the Head of LandEnhance, where she leads the charge in making life easier for planners. And having been a town planner herself for many years, it's something she cares deeply about – after all, she's now making the kind of tech she could only dream of before.