Editor's pick: Council withdraws objections to market town expansion

Following a review of its decision to oppose the development of up to 200 dwellings on the edge of a market town in Derbyshire a council has agreed that the scheme should be approved in the light of its inability to demonstrate a five year supply of housing land.

200-003-084 (Image Credit: Fisher German)
200-003-084 (Image Credit: Fisher German)

Some local residents expressed concern at an inspector’s conclusion that an emerging local plan should make provision for 6,500 dwellings to 2028. They argued that this was an unsustainable and excessive level of provision within the district which would have an adverse impact on the character of the area, local schools and services.

This was a matter which had to be dealt with through the local plan process, the inspector held, and it was not open to him to review his colleague’s conclusion on what the objectively assessed housing need for the district was. The council had accepted that a five-year supply of housing land was not available and the presumption in favour of sustainable development applied. There was no policy basis for concluding that the site was important to retain as a setting for the town and it would deliver significant economic benefits.

Inspector: John Felgate; Inquiry

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