Affordable housing secured on exception site

A housing association in Norfolk secured planning permission for 15 affordable units outside a settlement boundary an inspector satisfied that there was a proven need for the scheme.

The appellant stated that the council’s housing register had over 33 households in need of accommodation the majority of which were resident in the local area. The council’s housing service offered full support for the scheme and the inspector held that the delivery of social housing through private sector developments were failing to meet the identified need. A planning obligation would ensure that the houses were maintained in perpetuity for local people in need and the appeal was allowed since the development would not have a significant adverse impact on the character of the area.

Inspector: S Stevens; Written representations

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