Master planning exercise request rejected as unnecessary

A claim by a Somerset council that a development of 71 dwellings on the edge of a town should provide a master plan for the wider area was rejected by an inspector who decided that this would be excessive.

An emerging local plan identified the land and wider area as a key strategic allocation which involved a mix of uses including up to 750 houses. The appellant stated that there was no policy requirement to prepare a master plan and in any event the scheme represented less than 10% of the total allocation. Play facilities and highway linkages could be made within the development the appellant stated.

In agreeing that the appeal should be allowed the inspector ruled that there was no development plan policy requirement to produce a master plan. It was unreasonable to expect the appellant with such a limited interest in the wider site to delay making an application until all the other landowners had joined into a consortium to plan the entire area. As proposed the scheme was acceptable on its own merits.

Inspector: Joanne Jones; Hearing

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