DC Casebook: Housing: New build - Affordable homes allowed as exception

Permission has been secured for 11 affordable dwellings in Cornwall despite local authority concerns that there is little need for development in the area.

The appeal site comprised agricultural land on the edge of a small housing estate. The appellants claimed that their survey of housing need was supported by the council's affordable housing officer, who had concluded that their evidence identified a need for the homes and would complement a nearby housing association development.

The council's supplementary planning guidance (SPG) suggested that affordable housing sites should contain no more than ten homes on 0.15ha, but the inspector agreed that the scheme should not be refused on the basis that it slightly exceeded this threshold. While the 0.45ha site did exceed the limit, he noted that the council had adopted a flexible approach in applying the SPG. The possible availability of other land did not count against the scheme because there was a proven need for this type of accommodation, he concluded.

DCS Number 100-069-174

Inspector Simon Miles; Written representations.


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