Following the council’s decision not to defend its reasons for refusal, it was common ground at the hearing that a five-year supply of land for housing could not be demonstrated. Accordingly, the inspector considered saved policy restraining development in the countryside outside settlement development boundaries to be out of date and of little weight in his decision.
Addressing other concerns over flooding, highway impacts and lack of services, the inspector found that the scheme would not make the situation worse and even potentially result in slight improvements. Therefore, he was able to conclude the adverse impacts of granting planning permission would not outweigh the benefits of the proposed development when weighed against the policies in the NPPF as a whole and permission was granted.
Inspector: Kenneth Stone: Hearing