Mitigation of impact on nature conservation sites necessary for housing scheme

A financial contribution of £8,500 to mitigate the impact of two new bungalows on nature conservation sites could not be secured by a condition, an inspector held, and dismissed an appeal in Hampshire due to the lack of a planning obligation.

Although the council had suggested that a negatively worded condition would suffice the inspector noted that national planning practice guidance stated that this should only be followed in exceptional circumstances and where a case was complex. This did not apply to the current case. Despite concluding that the scheme would not adversely affect the character of the area the absence of a planning obligation led to the appeal being dismissed.

Inspector: D Young; Written representations

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