Isolated homes claim rejected but affordable contribution retained

Two dwellings in Gloucestershire were approved, an inspector deciding that their location within a small hamlet did not mean that they would be isolated in the context of paragraph 55 of the NPPF.

The hamlet contained a church and a number of dwellings, and the two houses would be sited in a field. The area also contained a number of other settlements and in the inspector's opinion the site was not very far away from other places and consequently not isolated. In the light of the judgment in West Berkshire District Council and Reading Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015], a financial contribution towards affordable housing remained appropriate in accordance with the council’s local plan policy.

Inspector: Brian Cook; Written representations

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