The outline proposal included 100 affordable homes, land for a primary school and associated infrastructure. Looking first at whether the location was sustainable, the inspector considered that, despite adjoining a main settlement, the site was too far from day-to-day facilities to walk easily and from existing or proposed bus stops. He was particularly concerned about the difficulty of getting to places of work.
He then looked at whether the council could show a sufficient housing land supply. He noted that the original housing need figure in the adopted plan local was not going to be met even at the time of adoption. He felt that the five-year supply target set by the local plan was "probably" just about met, but concluded that its housing policies were out of date. The inspector accepted third parties' claims that the site would not be in a sustainable location because it was too distant from opportunities to undertake day-to-day activities and the development would not remedy that. This was sufficient to tip the balance against the proposal, he concluded.
Inspector: Paul Clark; Inquiry