Housing accepted in green gap

An inspector allowed an outline scheme of 132 new homes on farmland on the edge of a seaside town in Essex, finding a need for housing and the proposed development would not lead to coalescence of settlements.

200-006-929 (Image Credit: (Phase 2 Planning)
200-006-929 (Image Credit: (Phase 2 Planning)

In the absence of a five-year supply of deliverable housing land, saved local plan green gap policy was considered by the inspector to be out of date and to carry only moderate weight, and the NPPF paragraph 14 tilted balance for decision-making triggered. Adopted green gap policy was found to be out of kilter with the more flexible approach contained in an emerging replacement plan, whereby need could justify more than minor development in the green gap.

The inspector decided the visually contained development would not harm the character and appearance of the local green gap. As the urban edge site would also be sustainable, the inspector judged the benefit of additional market and affordable housing here outweighed a notional and in principle conflict with development plan policy objectives. He allowed the appeal.

Inspector: Harold Stephens; Inquiry  

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