Substantial housing allowed adjacent Cheshire village

Two outline housing schemes of significant size have both been allowed on the edge of a village in the Cheshire countryside.

On one site 300 dwellings would be built on former farm land and the locally listed farmhouse converted for institutional use, with a community green and park also provided. The other site of 34 ha of agricultural land would be developed for 350 dwellings. Both appeals were recovered by the secretary of state because they involved residential development of over 150 units on sites over 5ha.

The secretary of state agreed with his inspector in concluding that the lack of a five year supply of housing land, the valuable contribution of 195 affordable dwellings towards a shortfall in affordable housing, and the creation of a mixed and inclusive community outweighed other considerations and triggered the presumption in favour of sustainable development that the framework applies.

In reaching this decision the secretary of state considered the impact of traffic on the local road network to be limited and the impact on landscape and ancient woodland to be acceptable. The benefits of housing provision were concluded to outweigh some harm to the open character of a conservation area and to take precedence over localism, the emerging local plan and lack of neighbourhood plan.

Inspector: Stephen Roscoe; Call in

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