Affordable housing appropriate in green belt location

In allowing an appeal involving the construction of 16 dwellings in the Cheshire green belt an inspector has held that it was an appropriate form of development under national planning policy.

200-002-835 (Image Credit: Mosaic Town Planning)
200-002-835 (Image Credit: Mosaic Town Planning)

The council relied on a local plan policy which stated that affordable housing on the edge of a settlement might in exceptional circumstances be granted permission provided it was consistent with green belt objectives. This policy was, however, inconsistent with paragraph 89 of the national planning policy framework, the inspector ruled, and gave it little weight. The scheme would deliver much needed affordable housing and whilst the design of each property would be similar they would not be unattractive given the good use of architectural features.

Inspector: Jonathan Parsons; Hearing

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