Land supply deficit leads to countryside development

An inspector was not persuaded that 16 dwellings on the edge of a key service centre in Norfolk would represent an unsustainable form of development, given that the council could not demonstrate a five-year supply of housing.

The site comprised two paddocks on either side of a farm track. The fact that the scheme involved development in the countryside did not necessarily mean it involved unsustainable development as alleged by the council because the harm to the character of the area would be very limited, the inspector decided. It would be sited to the rear of existing dwellings and the harm would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.

Inspector: Claire Victory; Hearing

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