Housing mix held not to accord with local needs assessments

A redevelopment proposal for five dwellings was rejected in a built-up area of Surrey despite a lack of a five-year supply of deliverable residential sites mainly on the grounds that it would harm local character and amenity contrary to local plan and national policy and the aims of sustainable development.

An inspector considered that the development of five houses in replacement of one would be too cramped given the size of the plots and scale of the dwellings themselves and would lead to direct overlooking. On this basis, he concluded it would be harmful to the character and appearance of the area and local amenity. He also considered that the five houses of five bedrooms each would not accord with local housing needs assessments and therefore not provide a suitable mix of housing. On balance, the inspector felt that the limited contribution to housing need was insufficient to outweigh the harm that the proposal would have.

Inspector: Kim Bennett; Written Representations

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