Housing permitted on industrial estate

Planning permission has been granted for the erection of housing on 0.8ha of land in Lincolnshire, an inspector rejecting the council's claim that it had a five-year supply of residential land.

The site lay to the west of a village and had formed part of a larger allocation for employment purposes since 1993. Permissions had been granted for various forms of employment development on the wider site. Few had been implemented, the appellant stated, and the allocation had been marketed with little interest particularly since there was an over-supply of 141 hectares relative to demand and take-up rates.

The inspector decided that the loss of 0.5ha would have very little impact on the overall supply of employment land and its development for housing would stimulate jobs in the construction industry and related trades. New residents would also support local services in a sustainable location and subject to suitable design and layout the scheme would not sterilise employment development on the rest of the land. Although the council asserted that it had a five-year supply of housing land it had provided no evidence to justify this stance. Consequently, without an open and transparent analysis he agreed with the appellant that the presumption in favour of the scheme applied.

Inspector: Jonathan Hockley; Hearing

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