Occupancy condition supported to secure community cohesion

An inspector was unwilling to remove a condition imposed on a planning permission for a five-bedroom dwelling in Cornwall preventing its use as a second home or holiday let because it would undermine community cohesion.

The council had already granted planning permission on the site for a two-bedroom dwelling but no condition had been imposed preventing its use as a second home. This development had commenced. The appellant and council both agreed that preventing the use of properties as second homes or holiday lets was important, but the appellant stated that the extant permission represented an important fallback position.

The inspector concluded that the appellant clearly wished to construct the five-bedroom house and he had no clear evidence that the fallback position would be implemented in the event that the appeal was dismissed. A neighbourhood plan clearly sought to prevent new dwellings being used as second homes, in order to ensure that local residents were able to purchase them. This was an important planning objective which was worthy of support.

Inspector: Mathew Bale; Written representations

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