The site had been in private ownership for many years. Outline planning permission for new homes had initially been granted in 2008 and renewed in 2012, but this had now expired. Although the site was currently fenced off, it had been previously used for more than 20 years by local residents as an informal area of open space.
The inspector noted that the council had regularly maintained the site, despite its private status. The land also contributed to the area's visual and general amenity its loss would deprive the community of an important resource, she found Since no alternative provision was planned, she concluded that the social impact of the scheme would be unacceptable. In her view, this justified dismissing the appeal, despite the benefits of delivering more homes in a sustainable location.
Inspector: Diane Lewis; Written representations