Village expansion out of kilter with spatial strategy

Expanding a Devon village with up to 259 dwellings would not accord with a core strategy which sought to reduce the reliance on private cars and integrate development with public transport.

Apart from three major towns, the council’s plan identified rural settlements as villages, an inspector recorded, and it was clear that while some development outside of defined settlement boundaries was required in order to ensure that a five-year supply of housing could be demonstrated, this did not support the scale of housing planned given the relatively limited number of services and facilities locally. Despite part of the appeal site being allocated for 42 dwellings, the appeal scheme did not accord with the spatial distribution of development in the adopted plan.

The potential highway impact on a motorway junction was held to be acceptable given planned improvements. But the planned number of houses would place additional pressure on the limited range of village facilities and was not needed to ensure that they remained viable. It would unbalance the settlement and reduce social cohesion.

Inspector: Hayden Baugh-Jones; Hearing

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