Housing scheme consistent with market town function

A development of up to 225 dwellings on the edge of a market town in north Yorkshire would be consistent with its character and function, an inspector has held.

The council, along with some local residents, considered that the scale of development delivered over seven to eight years would change the character of the town in terms of its local feel and social identity. But it was identified as a local service centre, the inspector noted, and a local plan strategy adopted in 2013 supported significant additional housing growth. Although the strategy favoured developing sites of up to 100 dwellings within existing development limits it was agreed that insufficient sites existed to meet the overall requirement for 300 dwellings. Phasing of development could be secured by condition to ensure that only 30 dwellings were built per year and this would maintain social cohesion and service provision. Since the council could not demonstrate an adequate supply of housing land and it would have only a modest impact on the character of the area the scheme involved a sustainable form of development.

Inspector: Stuart Nixon; Inquiry

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