Village suitable for additional housing on greenfield site

Outline planning permission was granted for up to 37 dwellings on two hectares of land on the edge of a village in Essex after the council was unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land.

The proposal would result in an increase in the population of between 8 per cent and 12 per cent and an inspector decided that this would not overwhelm the village. Although the council’s core strategy supported only limited development at such settlements, there was nothing to suggest that local infrastructure and services would not cope. An increase in the population might also generate a demand for further goods and services and there was reasonable access to other facilities and centres by bus. Paragraph 29 of the NPPF also recognises that a higher proportion of journeys by car can be expected from rural locations.

Inspector: Claire Victory; Written representations

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