Affordable housing omission leads to appeal failure

Planning permission for 46 dwellings on an equestrian facility in Bedfordshire was denied because the appellant had failed to make provision for affordable housing within the scheme.

Planning permission had already been secured for 10 dwellings on part of the site and immediately to the west permission for a further 24 units had been secured. An inspector agreed that there would be little harm to the character of the area and the design of the dwellings was reserved for future consideration. While the submitted plans appeared to allow for affordable housing there was no method within a section 106 agreement for their delivery. This was sufficient to outweigh the benefits of the scheme.

Inspector: Chris Forrett; Written representations

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