Unsustainable location trumps five-year supply shortage

In accepting that a local authority in Northamptonshire could not demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land an inspector has nonetheless dismissed an appeal for 36 dwellings, concluding that it was unsustainable.

200-002-952 (Image Credit: Wellingborough BC)
200-002-952 (Image Credit: Wellingborough BC)

The site lay on the edge of a village and although the council asserted that a five-year supply of housing land could be demonstrated in the period 2015-2020, the inspector disagreed. In his view the relevant period for examination was 2014-2019 when a deficit in supply was identifiable. Nevertheless, the village contained a primary school, allotments, a church and a chapel along with a small convenience store and some smaller shops. There would be a need to travel further afield to undertake a main food shop and for employment and most recreational pursuits. Despite reasonably frequent bus services to larger towns these would not be a substitute for the use of private cars, the inspector held. Due to the sizeable nature of the scheme and the lack of access by non-car modes the proposed development was not sustainable.

Inspector: Bob Marshall; Inquiry

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