More time allowed for submission of details

The developers of 17 homes on land in Worcestershire have been given more time to submit further details of the project, with an inspector accepting that economic conditions justify a longer period than the council allows.

The council had stipulated that details of reserved matters should be submitted within six months of permission being granted and development should begin within 12 months of approval of the last reserved matters. The appellants said they had been unable to secure firm housebuilder interest due to the downturn.

They asked for 18 months to submit reserved matters and two years for commencement thereafter. The inspector found that, since it was government policy to promote housebuilding, it was appropriate to allow more time for the appellants to agree a deal with a developer and submit details of the final scheme.

Inspector: Alan Wood; Written representations


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