Council withdraws objections given planned site allocation for housing

Approval was granted for up to 80 dwellings in Hampshire, an inspector finding no reason to disagree with the council's view that since the appeal site formed part of a wider housing allocation in a draft local plan, there was no reasonable basis for objecting to the scheme on highway grounds.

It was agreed that the council was unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land and the position was acute. While the site lay outside the defined development boundary, having regard to the judgment in Suffolk Coastal District Council v Hopkins Homes Ltd and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2017], this did not act as a policy restricting the supply of housing, and since the appellant’s transport assessment demonstrated that a cul-de-sac arrangement was acceptable, there was no basis for rejecting the scheme.

Inspector: Michael Hetherington; Hearing

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