A local plan adopted 16 years ago allocated the majority of the site for housing and employment. However, a new draft local development plan did not identify the site for housing. This plan was four months away from a public examination and was expected to be adopted by the end of 2013, the reporter noted. In her view, it had reached an advanced stage of preparation and therefore should be given significant weight.
In addition, the inspector noted that a strategic development plan approved in June 2012 identified a strategic development area that included the appeal site. She reasoned that approving the appeal proposal would predetermine the location of a large proportion of the 4,000-plus houses planned in the area without considering all potential sites and their interrelationships.
Reporter: Katrina Rice; Inquiry