Homes deemed premature ahead of plan approval

Prematurity ahead of approval of a local development plan (LDP) has led to rejection of outline permission for up to 250 houses on unused farmland on the edge of Edinburgh.

The 11-hectare site was allocated for housing in an LDP submitted for examination in May 2015. The reporters examining the plan had asked for further information on housing supply and infrastructure delivery. Ministers had previously rejected a reporter’s recommendation to approve homes on another site allocated for housing in the plan, concluding that wider transport infrastructure improvements had yet to be considered via the plan-making process.

The reporter noted that the LDP examination was still under way, with a target date of February 2016 to report to the council, and that its planning committee had more recently confirmed that there might be some merit in reducing the number of homes on the appeal site and in promoting an alternative site for housing. In that light, she saw a risk that the examination reporters might not confirm the site’s suitability for housing and concluded that approving the scheme would be premature. 

Reporter: Karen Heywood; Written representations

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