Horse grazing paddocks judged brownfield land

An inspector allowed an outline proposal for 14 houses and showed that a Buckinghamshire council had reached different decisions on two similar schemes on previously developed land in the same village, judging this inconsistency had caused the appellant unnecessary appeal expenses and awarding costs.

The site comprised horse grazing land, stables, hardstanding and manege located outside the village settlement boundary. Referring to the NPPF definition of previously developed land as land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land, the inspector concluded the whole site should be considered previously developed land. As such, the NPPF encouraged development and the inspector attached significant weight to this in his decision.

Acknowledging a district wide five-year housing supply, the inspector nevertheless decided the development would support the vitality of the rural community and local services in nearby villages, and generally boost housing. Overall he concluded the proposal satisfied the social and environmental aspects of sustainable development and allowed the appeal.

Inspector: Graham Wyatt; Written representations

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