The secretary of state found the proposal not to be in accordance with the development plan, consisting of a core strategy that reached formal adoption stage after close of the inquiry. He also gave significant weight to emerging policy in a neighbourhood plan at a very advanced stage and soon to be made formally by the council, acknowledging that the housing sites in that plan represented the choice expressed by local people.
The site had been included in the SHLAA but the secretary of state agreed with the inspector that the future potential for housing on the site was a matter for the plan-making process and that the relevant plans did not support development of the site. The district could demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land and the plan policies were up to date. Going on to consider whether the benefits of the scheme in terms of additional market and affordable housing outweighed the conflict with the development plan, he concluded the intrusion into the landscape from an incongruous addition to the village would cause permanent environmental harm to the countryside and settlement, so tipping the balance against the scheme.
Inspector: David Cullingford; Inquiry