Housebuilder Redrow Homes had appealed against Caerphilly County Borough Council’s refusal of its plans for the homes on an 11-hectare green field site on the north western edge of Caerphilly.
According to the inspector’s report, the site is located within the Penyrheol, Hendredenny and Abertridwr Green Wedge (GW) and also within the Mynydd Eglwysilian Special Landscape Area (SLA), as defined in the Caerphilly Local Development Plan (LDP), which was adopted in 2010 and covers the period up to 2021.
The report said that the council cannot demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, as required by Welsh national planning policy, and said there "can be no question" that the area’s housing supply shortfall is "significant".
The inspector said that, whilst he accepted that the development would not accord with the council’s development plan with regards to development outside defined settlement boundaries and GW’s, "nonetheless, the lack of five year housing land supply weighs heavily in favour of the proposed development".
The report added that there is currently no emerging development plan to address the area’s housing shortfall, "and there does not appear to be any possibility of a development plan solution any time soon".
"The LDP is clearly not delivering the required number of dwellings. The proposed development would add a significant number of dwellings which can be brought forward in the short term with the agreed shorter periods for submission of reserved matters and commencement of development to address the housing shortfall", the report said.
Recommending approval, the inspector said that the scheme would "not materially harm the distinctive features and characteristics that make up the SLA" and there was an "overriding need" for the development.
Welsh ministers agreed and the appeal was allowed.