Javid blocks Warwickshire homes over neighbourhood plan clash

The communities secretary Sajid Javid has blocked plans for up to 90 homes at Kineton in Warwickshire after he concluded that the scheme would be contrary to a neighbourhood plan which represents the 'choice expressed by local people'.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid
Communities secretary Sajid Javid

Developer Sharba Homes had appealed against Stratford-upon-Avon District Council’s decision to refuse the application.

A planning inspector recommended that the appeal be dismissed and a letter issued on behalf of Javid last week said the minister agreed with the inspector’s conclusion.

The letter said that Javid noted that the Kineton Parish Neighbourhood Plan (KPNP) had been approved at referendum on 1 September 2016 and, as such, he attached "significant weight to its policies".

It said that Javid also noted that the KPNP "includes housing allocation sites in policies … but that the appeal site is not included, nor does it sit within the area of the KPNP".

"The secretary of state acknowledges that the housing sites in the KPNP represent the choice expressed by local people to ensure that they get what they perceive as the right types of development in the places that they consider right for their community; and he agrees with the Inspector that the appeal proposal is out of kilter with the distribution of development at Kineton envisaged in that plan", the letter said.

Javid found that the council could demonstrate a five year housing land supply and therefore local planning policies were considered to be up to date.

The letter also said that Javid gave "significant weight" to the development’s intrusion into the landscape, "resulting in an incongruous addition to the village and causing permanent and prominent environmental damage to the character of the countryside and the settlement".

Overall, the secretary of state found no material considerations weighing in favour of the scheme that would outweigh its negative impacts.

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