The inspector agreed the evidence showed a need for the affordable homes but there was nothing before him in the form of a legal agreement that would ensure that any dwellings built would actually be affordable, or affordable in perpetuity, as required by SPG and local policy. As a consequence, the proposal had to be judged inappropriate development in the green belt, which also harmed openness, even though he considered rural character locally would be preserved by surrounding vegetation. The brevity of a submitted flood risk assessment also caused the inspector concern. In the light of these findings, he concluded the very special circumstances necessary to allow the appeal had not been provided.
Inspector: John Wilde; Hearing